Given the option on reading, a writer would prefer to read a book about another writer than almost any other topic.
And writers tend to congregate with and befriend other writers.
I believe this is unique if you think about it.
- How many plumbers want to read about plumbing, and hang out with plumbers in their spare time?
- How many soldiers want to read about war, and hang out with other soldiers in their spare time?
- How many bankers want to read about banking, and hang out with bankers in their spare time?
- And how many football coaches want to read about coaching, and hang out with coaches in their spare time?
But most writers are envious little creatures with the self-esteem of a small drooping plant.
“Writers read literary biography, and surround themselves with other writers, deliberately to enforce in themselves the ludicrous notion that a reasonable option for occupying yourself on the planet until your life span plays itself out is sitting in a small room for the duration, in the company of pieces of paper.”
–Annie Dillard, The Writing Life