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The Gift by Lewis Hyde
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it was amazing
bookshelves: wonderful-non-fiction

You who keep such close track of my "currently reading" list may have noticed (I know I have) that when I put something on it, I promptly stop reading it. It's where books in my life go to stagnate. This holiday season, with my glut of unclaimed time, I aim to change this trend. To that end, I have just finished The Gift, which I see I started reading two years ago. This is an AMAZING book. I sort of want to start reading it all over again from the beginning, since what I read two years ago is a little fuzzy now, but the main premise remains: it is so smart, and so important for any artist to read. I had put it down because the last long chapter is all about Ezra Pound and his economic theories and their effect on his poetry. And I haven't read the Cantos, mostly, and I've already felt bad about that hole in my poetic education, so I thought I would read them before reading Hyde's amazing chapter on Pound, and then I'd understand it better. But I should have done it the other way around (and maybe now I will--no, probably I won't). This is a book about how we value everything, tangible and intangible, and how to keep art from being beholden to the marketplace, and how art is not really ours until we give it away. I will try to read more things Lewis Hyde has written in the new year, and to take less time to read them. What a book!
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Reading Progress

December 24, 2008 – Shelved
July 16, 2010 – Started Reading
December 18, 2010 – Shelved as: wonderful-non-fiction
December 18, 2010 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne I'll be running right out to buy all of the Lewis Hyde books. Running right out looks like me calling The harvard Bookstore on the phone to order them for me. Thanks Charlotte

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