Some thoughts on long books, withdrawn library books, and reading to define our own experience (the last from Alberto Manguel).
“We look over with a sigh the monumental libraries … The inspection of the catalgoue brings me continually back to the few standard writers who are on every private shelf; and to these it can only afford only the most slight and casual additions. The crowds and centuries of books are only commentary and elucidation,
This past summer, I got in the habit of reading Victorian classics on my HD2 phone1 But this is not a story about ebook readers being wonderful2. It’s about how one of the books I read tricked me. Or maybe I’m just really dense or ridiculous or …. what does the following story say about
I have more confidence in the dead than in the living. —William Hazlitt William Hazlitt was a contemporary of William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, not to mention Jane Austen. He was considered one of the most important critics and essayists of the English language, although he is little read today (see Wikipedia). I love his
The figure of my study is round, and has no more bare wall than what is taken up by my table and chair; so that the remaining parts of the circle present me a view of all my books at once, set upon five rows of shelves round about me. … ’Tis there that I
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