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how can you read such rubbish?

Do you feel guilty about some of your reading? All of it, maybe? I don’t recall being judged for my reading as I was growing up. The first instance I can remember was when I was about 16, and reading … Continue reading

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my vacation reading

As I type these words it’s 8:40 a.m. in North Vancouver on this last day of 2012. Outside it’s 1° C, and still twilight. It’s a working day, but I hear no traffic. In my book Truth of the Python I … Continue reading

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where does the time go? I’ll tell you

We’ve all heard—and used—the excuse, “I would’ve done x, but I didn’t have time.” Indeed, I was tempted to trot this one out to explain the infrequency of my blog posts. But I don’t believe in that excuse. I think … Continue reading

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Paul buys a book

Certain recurring questions crop up in my mind and my life. When a question arises, I tend to spend some effort trying to investigate it, and do this until the next question arises, at which time my attention turns to … Continue reading

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coincidences as messages

Having finished reading The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb on Monday, yesterday, Tuesday, I decided to resume reading volume 5 of The Great Books of the Western World, entitled simply Aeschylus Sophocles Euripides Aristophanes—a collection of the works … Continue reading

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a day’s reading

I suppose that my reading, like my philosophy, is eclectic. At first I was going to say that it’s not eclectic, but when I looked up eclectic I changed my mind: 1: selecting what appears to be best in various … Continue reading

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what am I reading? glad you asked

Ever since the age of about 18, I’ve never read just one book at a time. At first I probably added a nonfiction book to the novel I always had on the go, and then I started adding more—and more—nonfiction … Continue reading

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how to read like you mean it

I read with a highlighter. My brand? The yellow Sharpie Accent highlighter, which I get from Staples. I go through a package of four about once a month, and like to have a package or two in the drawer of … Continue reading

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reading just the right amount

“You read too much, my friend.” The gravelly, hoarse voice belonged to the diminutive proprietor of the cafe in Athens where I had indeed been hanging around a while, reading (possibly my first pass through James Joyce’s Ulysses). It was … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s not how much you read, but how well–and this book gives you specific, step-by-step techniques to get you to read as well as possible. … Continue reading

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