The Perfect Reader

[Archived from A Writer’s Diary]

As I’m doing things differently, with A Writer’s Diary, I might as well say –

There is absolutely no need to take this next bit too seriously.

However, if you do happen to want to be the Perfect Reader for A Writer’s Diary, these are the seven things you’ll need to have done:

  1. Signed up as a paid subscriber to be ready to get everything, starting on January 1st 2022
  2. Shared the sign-up link with at least two friends, or given them a subscription as a Christmas (or other reason) gift
  3. Read this lecture on ‘Souls
  4. Read Ghost Story
  5. Read Wrestliana
  6. Read the entirety of Montaigne’s Essays, Woolf’s Diaries, Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal, Proust’s A la Recherche, Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet, Kafka’s Diaries, Langley’s Journal, Baker’s The Mezzanine, Tomine’s The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, and The Complete Notebooks of Henry James within the last six months
  7. Sat at a desk, writing

I don’t think that’s too much to ask. Not of someone as perfect as you.


Only number 7 is absolutely essential.

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