jeudi 3 août 2006


In between writing papers, I've been going through some books this summer. Not all of the ones that I've been meaning to read but a couple of surprise ones that have popped up along the way. One of them has been So Many Books, So Little Time and while I had almost no clue about most of the books that the author was talking about, there were a few fun quotes:

I talk about my books as if they were people, and I choose them the way I choose my friends: because somebody nice introduced us, because I liked their looks, because the best of them turned out to be smart and funny and both surprising and inevitable at the same time.

"How do you choose your books?" my friends had asked. Less than a week into my project [of reading a book per week and journalling the experience], I can now tell them the beginning of the truth. I don't always choose the books, I'll say. Sometimes the books choose me.

"Always have a couple of things going at once.... That way, you'll never be lonely...." By double-booking - keeping one book at home and another in my backpack or glove compartment - I always had something to do while stuck in traffic, stranded in a long line, [etc.].
One of the other books that came up has been All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I'm reading it for the storyteller aspect but it's been great having a light read to turn to when I get a chance. I've met two raconteurs in my life and I am constantly amazed by how well they can tell anything, no matter how mundane. So far, my favourite essay in this book is "Help", which has something to teach Christians (although it comes from a Unitarian Universalist minister).

Well, I should be getting on with the books I really need to read for my course, after which I can finally delve into the ones I've been triple/quadruple-booking :)

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