Posts Tagged ‘books’

Ray Bradbury: An Ode to Books

June 27, 2014

A few of Ray Bradbury’s final words, before passing away in 2012:

When I was seven years old, I started going to the library and I took out ten books a week. The librarian looked at me and asked, “What are you doing?”

I said, “What do you mean?”

And she said, “You can’t possibly read all of those before they are due back.”

I said, “Yes, I can.”

And I came back the next week for ten more books.

In doing so, I told that librarian, politely, to get out of my way and let me happen. That’s what books do. They are the building blocks, the DNA, if you will, of you.

Think of everything you have ever read, everything you have ever learned from holding a book in your hands and how that knowledge shaped you and made you who you are today.

Looking back now on all those years, to when I first discovered books at the library, I see that I was simply falling in love. Day, after day, after glorious day, I was falling in love with books.

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Read a book or article until it becomes a part of your being

June 15, 2014

Years ago I read a book which said (paraphrasing): Many people read a book once and then a few months later they have forgotten what they read. Such books have no lasting effect on the reader. The purpose of reading is to gain new knowledge that can be used as a step to gaining still more knowledge. If one has forgotten what was read, one fails to climb the tree of knowledge. One should read a book three or four times, or more. A book should become a part of you.

Recently I have been doing housecleaning and am embarrased by the huge number of books that I own, many of which I have read only small parts of, some I have never even opened. What a shameful waste.

From now on, I will buy fewer books. I will focus on one book until it becomes a part of me. Only then will I move on to the next book.

The Lost Art of Reading, Writing, and Conversation

December 14, 2012

I am in the airport awaiting my flight. I am reading a book. I look up and around and see one person reading a newspaper (USA Today), a few  people texting on their cellphone, many people intently focused on their mobile device (doing what, I have no idea), one person is talking on her cellphone, a couple people are sleeping. No one is talking or involved in a conversation.

I think back 5 years and remember many people reading books, writing with pen and paper, and discussing events with others.

What has happened to our society?

Someone just pulled out “The Economist” and started reading it. That’s exciting.

I received this feedback from a learned friend: People don’t read except “tweets.”  It used to be that young people learned Latin, Greek, and the Classics in high school. Now they struggle to learn Remedial English in college.