Ways of Reading

Posted by Ken-ichi on December 28, 2009
Just came across these brief and beautiful pieces of advice on reading: Ways of Reading, from a working library, itself a charming set of contemplations on a life of letters. My favorites:
Reading must occur everyday, but it is not just any daily reading that will do. The day’s reading must include at minimum a few lines whose principle intent is to be beautiful—words composed as much for the sake of their composition as for the meaning they convey.

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Every book alights a path to other books. Follow these paths as far as you can. This is how you build a library.

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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I like this one: "A single book struggles to balance on its spine; it pines for neighbors. Keep as many books as you have room for." Thanks, Ken-ichi!


JoAnn/QuAppelle The day’s reading must include at minimum a few lines whose principle intent is to be beautiful—

eeek -- when someone is expounding on the beauty of a piece of writing, s/he should be sure to use the correct word....this should be principal!


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