The science fiction superstar says, “When I go to bed I fall asleep immediately. The little stack of books I have there goes back a couple of years to when I had a cold and was stuck in bed—The Viking Portable Faulkner, The Viking Portable Joyce, Love Among the Haystacks (Lawrence), Fowles’s The Collector, The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels (Henry James). Pretty classy stuff. But it’s been years since I opened one.
More recently, I’ve been going through an Emily Dickinson phase, reading Helen Vendler’s new Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries and Chistopher Benfey’s A Summer of Hummingbirds, about the “intricate map of friendship, family, and romance” among Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade in the summer of 1881. If you have any interest in the period or people, I’d highly recommend it.”