What we’re reading right now

Seth La Tour is a cheese-loving, poetry-writing Associate Creative Director. He spends his free time indoors.

Here’s what Seth’s reading right now:

Several Short Sentences About WritingPhoto by Patricia Zaballos

My day job is to move donors to take action, often through personal letters and emails. Letters of Note—“an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and memos”—is a near-daily inspiration to write better letters.

When Everybody Wore a Hat and the other children’s books by noted illustrator and New Yorker contributor William Steig are reminders that you can communicate in a cogent and sophisticated way to children and adults at the same time. Don’t patronize children with dumb words. Speak to them smartly and help them grow.

Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg makes writers’ hearts soar. Klinkenborg helps you feel like you can blast through any block, overcome any obstacle, wow any reader. Simply written, comfortably crafted. I predict that by the end of my life I will have read this book ten or eleven times.

Listening to Your Life is a collection of daily meditations from author and Vermont resident Frederick Buechner. Two-minute readings that will send you head high into each day.

You should read Seth’s last post: 10 tips for gathering compelling resource