I was having a conversation the other day - offline, with real people, face to face. It was weird - concerning 'literature.' Most of us didn't like reading that much, the classics much, much less. A couple names that kept coming up under truly enjoyable reads were Tolkien and McMurtry. I admit the only book (Old Man and the Sea excluded for length) I have read more than once was authored by Louis L'Amour. The truth was, between four aspiring writers, was that we don't love reading other people's stories that much. We prefer to tell the tales. If you were to catch one of us reading, it would more than likely be short stories. The question came up if any of us could be successful without the passion for reading. We concluded that, by all means, a story teller can exist separate from the story reader. Opinions?