2018 incidents of infamy
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Too many good deals at the local charity store. Students dumping their English lit texts here, I think, and they are in pristine condition, fresh out of the university bookstore, barely cracked open, probably dropped the course - I snap those up. I need hypnosis to either forget where this store is or that it deals in books.
My reading has dwindled to a drip. Something has to go; I didn’t have an extra 12 hours a week lying around. Something has to change, but in the mean time, I’m mourning my reading :(
>4 PhaedraB: Oh, that's rough. May you heal soon.
I hold out hope because my mom, who is 87, can't do much of anything but read now. It is a challenge to keep her Kindle full of fresh material.
Also, here is an article in the NYT for encouragement: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/books/review/personal-libraries.html
I love these paragraphs,
"A person’s library is often a symbolic representation of his or her mind. A man who has quit expanding his personal library may have reached the point where he thinks he knows all he needs to and that what he doesn’t know can’t hurt him. He has no desire to keep growing intellectually. The man with an ever-expanding library understands the importance of remaining curious, open to new ideas and voices.
Taleb argues that a personal library “should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allow you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books."
I really like this quote from James Boswell, that excuses all the time I spend on LT: "Every man should keep minutes of whatever he reads. Every circumstance of his studies should be recorded; what books he has consulted; how much of them he has read; at what times; how often the same authors; and what opinions he formed of them, at different periods of his life. Such an account would much illustrate the history of his mind."
Besides, it eliminates cobwebs (sic).
The trouble is that I see something I HAVE to read and the pile next to my reading chair gets taller and taller! Cheaper than a book store but then that really has never stopped me. Off to Clarence's place next week!
"My books stand as guarantors of an extended life -- a life that is far more interesting and meaningful than the one I am forced to lead daily." -- roughly recalled from memory of Saul Bellow's Dangling Man