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Like Being Inside a Sock – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Like Being Inside a Sock – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Reading Related, Writing

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.

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“A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · 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.

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A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · 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 […]

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You Should Only Read What is Truly Good or is Frankly Bad – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on You Should Only Read What is Truly Good or is Frankly Bad – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · 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 […]

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The Literature of Testimony – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr

May 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Literature of Testimony – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr · Culture, Genocide, History, Writing, WW2

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.

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Lazy Reading – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Lazy Reading – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · 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 […]

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Time With Old Books – “The White Tiger: A Novel” – Aravind Adiga

January 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Time With Old Books – “The White Tiger: A Novel” – Aravind Adiga · Reading Related

Strange thoughts brew in your heart when you spend too much time with old books.

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My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 2

December 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off on My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 2 · 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 […]

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My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 1

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 1 · 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 […]

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The Value of Books – “Books v Cigarettes” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Value of Books – “Books v Cigarettes” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · 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 […]

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