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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Reading fiction for pleasure -- as opposed to reading it for professional purposes -- calms me down. I spend most of my time feeling too stressed-out to recall this important fact. When I finally remember to sit down with a book, though, it works like a charm.
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From: evilones Date: July 22nd, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd be interested to know what you're reading. I'm very slowly reading the new Jonathan Safran Foer, 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' and loving it. I rarely ever give myself permission to read at a very very leisurely pace. I often read at breakneck speed all the while glancing out of the corner of my eye at the next 3 books I have lined up, which are usually pulled out and lying in wait on my desk for me to hurry up and get to. But with this book, I've been reading steadily and slowly over the past 5 weeks and its really allowed me to just be immersed. It's a nice way to read. I recommend the book. As well, I recently read Howard Norman's "The Bird Artist" and Heidi Julavits' "The Effect of Living Backwards" and both of them, for different reasons, made me think of you. It's nice to think of you reading for pleasure, Herr Professor.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 22nd, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I read very slowly, alas. That's part of the reason that I'm slow to get started on a new book. Right now I'm reading a Junichiro Tanizaki book called The Key and have recently begun a collection of short stories by the early 20th-century Swiss author Robert Walser and Marcel Proust's Swann's Way, which I've never read before.
From: ex_synecdoch550 Date: July 22nd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I always save my easiest, least-intellectually complicated books for those times when I've just had too much on my mind for too long. I turn to my collections of Conan short stories, and books I loved from my childhood (whether the Hardy Boys or Dragonlance fantasy or whatever) on these occasions. It is the best way to unwind.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 22nd, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes. I typically pick detective or espionage fiction for those moments but am feeling more literary of late. But the urge to go back to genre is strong.
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