It’s difficult to become a good writer without spending a lot of time reading good writing. And I think we all know the quality of most of the writing on Facebook and Instagram. So where do you find good writing that’s not 350 pages long?
One place where you can read (and listen to!) short essays about hundreds of different topics is at This I Believe. The website is a revived version of a radio programme in the 1950s where people could listen to essays from famous people talking about their beliefs and motivations. The new version of the show is similar except the essays are by people from all walks of life. The goal of the programme–as the Executive Producer says on the about page,–is “not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”
Check the other posts I’ve written about places to read good writing: