My reading list tends to serve as research for what I’m writing and lately, because I have a few different projects on the go, my reading has been very eclectic. To take a note from Joseph Campbell, and I’ve taken many, the bulk of my list has been selected by telling myself “follow your bliss!” — a highly scientific process. This philosophy has taken me everywhere from Camus’ The Stranger to Robert Marasco’s Burnt Offerings. Because Campbell’s work is such good fodder for metaphoric thought, I’ve been making my way through his body of work, including Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor, Myths to Live By, Pathways to Bliss, and The Inner Reaches of Outer Space. But Campbell can seem myopic at times, so I’ve tried to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of some of his source material by consulting it directly; to that effect I’ve also been reading The Tibetan Book of the Dead, translated by A.F. Thurman, and M.A.S. Abdel Haleem’s translation of The Qur’an.
Charlie Fiset lives on Lake Kenogami in northern Ontario. She has an MA in Creative writing from the University of New Brunswick, where she won the David H. Walker Prize. Her writing has appeared in The Journey Prize Stories 27 and 28. She has a story coming out in the Winter 2017 issue of The Fiddlehead.