My room is hot and small, overrun by books. You never wanted to be in here (it’s like being inside a sock, you said) and anytime the boys were away we slept in the living room, out on the rug.
Entries Tagged as 'reading'
November 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Description, Reading Related, Writing
November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Description, Reading Related, Writing
We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.
October 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Literature, Reading Related
To have come on all this new world of writing (Tolstoy, Chekov, Dostoyevsky, Gogol & Turgenev), with time to read in a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you. You could take with you […]
October 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture, Elitism, Reading Related
‘Huxley is a dead man,’ Miss Stein said. ‘Why do you want to read a dead man? Can’t you see he is dead?’ I could not see, then, that he was a dead man and I said that his books amused me and kept me from thinking. ‘You should only read what is truly good […]
The most important book of the twentieth century: Primo Levi’s If this is a Man. Because it is the best of all the books in the literature of testimony. Because it is a monument to all who were killed in the last century by totalitarian dictatorships. Because it tells us what humans are capable of.
May 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture, Politics, Reading Related
Still, for many years my own reading was lazy – too much biography, current affairs and ephemeral political economy. Why didn’t I tackle War and Peace? Or reread James Joyce, first explored at University? Why didn’t I start reading Dostoyevsky in my forties? The answer is I was scared of being bored. There were no […]
January 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Reading Related
Strange thoughts brew in your heart when you spend too much time with old books.
December 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Admin, Campaigning, Politics, Reading Related, UK Labour, United Kingdom
Following on from Monday’s post, here’s the second half of my reading for 2011: “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa”, Jason Stearns – A history of the Congo Wars; a twenty year conflict that involved a dozen countries and cost six million lives that […]
December 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Reading Related, Uncategorized
About three years ago I resolved to make enough time in my life to read one book a week. I’ve always read quite a bit, but reading being a domestic activity, it had always been the subject of the vicissitudes of domestic life. Busy periods at work, social commitments or just lack of overall motivation […]
November 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture, Reading Related
Adding the other batch of books that I have elsewhere, it seems that I possess altogether nearly 900 books, at a cost of 165 15s. This is the accumulation of about fifteen years—actually more, since some of these books date from my childhood: but call it fifteen years. …. It is difficult to establish any relationship […]