This is kind of cool. Someone called Marshal Zeringue is hosting a blog that encourages reading, in part by asking writers what they are looking at these days. So, he asked me, and I answered. It's here: http://whatarewritersreading.blogspot.com/2007/08/sharon-waxman.html, and the rest of blog is pretty interesting too.
Marshal writes, as I guess he does regularly of lots of writers: "I recently asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I've been vastly enjoying Traveling Through Egypt, a compendium of writings from travelers to ancient Egypt starting from the Greeks (Pliny the Elder) but with lots of entertaining material from Victorian travellers (ie advice for the ladies: leave the maid at home). It's edited by Deborah Manley and Sahar Abdel-Hakim.
And since I've been making my way through Greece, I've been reading Lawrence Durrell's travelogue of the islands, The Greek Islands. I have been advised to get ahold of Homer and reread the Iliad and Odyssey, which I intend to do next."