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What Makes for a Good Read

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September 2009
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What makes a poem, short story, or article a good read?  First, it is are well written. The poet or author has a good understanding of the art a craft of writing. The prose and diction delights.  Secondly, the poem or articles or book  is informative, in the sense that it tells you something you didn’t know before.  Thirdly, you are often inspired to read other work by the poet or writer. Fourthy, good poetry or writing is also memorable. You remember that you have read, and you intend to read it again or share it with someone else.

Yesterday, while at Chapters, I read a splendid article in the September 14th edition of The New Yorker” magazine. The article —- “Missing Woman: Amelia Earhart’s Flight” was written by Judith Thurman. She writes about the life and times of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane, and whodisappeared attempting to fly across on her own. This article is well-researched, well-written, informative, entertaining, an article I will read again, and would like to share with you.

To read ” Missing Woman: Amelia Earhart’s Flight”, visit and then search in the Critic at Large section of the website.


1 Comment

  1. Janice says:

    I think your fourth point is particularly indicative of a good read. I usually post my faves on my personal page on infloox and then share it with friends so they can see what’s topping my list each month. You should try it, it’s a good way to share and get recommendations.

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