From Kerouac To Rand, 'Harmful' Reads For Writers

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Crawford Kilian advises aspiring writers to avoid Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and eight other well-known novels.

But Kilian's not saying they're bad novels — quite the opposite, actually. In a piece for the Canadian daily The Tyee, Kilian writes, "their readable styles look so easy, that they might seduce a young writer into imitating them."

Kilian talks with NPR's John Donvan about the novels to avoid, and a few that he does recommend for would-be writers.

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