Great little article in the New Yorker on famous "literary" authors who loved reading mysteries & other "genre" material. Great (respectful) angles on how each offers great reading, if not different expectations.
Lee Ann Alexander is an English Instructor at Gateway College of Evangelism. She earned her M. A. in English literature at Southeastern Louisiana University. Her reading interests are primarily 20th century American literature, but she enjoys surveying fiction across the canon. Kent d Curry is an executive editor of ninetyandnine.com, a college and career speaker, and an omnivorous reader. The reading began the summer after second grade when his mother offered him a dime for every book he finished. He nearly bankrupted the family. He now reads for free.
Dustin Lindsey is a senior at Gateway College of Evangelism. He reads and writes in English, fluently (shocking, I know). Someday he plans on being a published author of a book--something theological, something essay-ish, something captivating and he has a whole file of ideas from which to choose. He also has ADD tendencies (which is why he will never be a novelist).
Rebecca Newton's earliest attempts with the pen appeared in her grandparents’ mailbox in the form of illegible scrawl on scrap paper. In recent times, her writing has endured the scrutiny and reaped the praise of a more critical audience among the students and faculty of a small liberal arts collegein the Ozarks where she earned a B.A. in English. Rebecca currently writes and blogs on a Dell Inspiron at her great-grandfather's drop-front desk from a small corner of Oklahoma.
Chantell Smith is an ardent reader, occasional writer, and NPR addict in Montgomery, AL. She earned a Master of Hispanic Studies degree from Auburn University. She loves language and teaching, so she's combined those loves while holding down various teaching gigs ranging from elementary schools to universities. Marjorie Truman holds literature accountable for follies, epiphanies, and moments of rare genius in her life. A voracious reader at a young age, she continues to read across a wide range of genres; although, science fiction continues to be anathema whilst well-written detective stories continue to have an inexplicable pull. The overriding impulse to use words like "whilst" can also be blamed on books.