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Reading is the way mankind delays the inevitable. Reading is the way we shake our fist at the sky. As long as we have these epic, improbable reading projects arrayed before us, we cannot breathe our last: Tell the Angel of Death to come back later; I haven’t quite finished Villette. This is, I believe, the greatest gift that books give to mankind. Joe Queenan. One For The Books (New York: Viking Press, 2012): 243. (via thesewindmills)
Mark O’Connell confesses his dirty little reading secret: He doesn’t finish books; he’s a “promiscuous reader,” a book abandoner. He writes, “I’ll start a book, get about halfway through it, and then, even if I’m enjoying it, put it down in favor of something else.” But it’s not the books, it’s him. “I like reading too much. I can’t say no,” he writes. “I’ll be reading a novel and thoroughly enjoying it. Then I’ll be in a bookshop and I’ll see something I’ve been anticipating, and I’ll buy it. I’ll start reading the new book on the bus home that evening, and that will be the end of the original affair. I’m certainly invested in the relationship with the book that I’m currently reading, but I can’t help myself from pursuing whatever new interest happens to turn my head. Perhaps that’s just a tortuous way of admitting to being a pathetic serial book-adulterer who’ll chase after anything in a dust jacket. Jen Doll, What Kind of Reader Are You? (via shelf-of-words)
I don’t believe anyone ‘should’ have read anything. 50 Shades of Grey and Ulysses may both work for you at different points in your life. Sometimes, even, in the same week.
Preach it, Nick.
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