Tag Archives: reading

gearing down for Homer

I’ve changed my approach to reading. I read from several books each day, in an informally structured way. I start my afternoon reading session (usually around 4:00 p.m.) with a “dharma” book—that is, a book on the Buddhist teachings or … Continue reading

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a literary Casanova

When I was about 16 I read You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe. The protagonist, George Webber, is a writer whose working method, if you can call it that, is to become seized with intense bouts of inspiration … Continue reading

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the Western Civilization Genome Project

One of my reading projects right now is to reread the Old Testament. I’ve been wanting to reread it for a couple of reasons: it’s part of the Great Books reading program, and it is also a key text for … Continue reading

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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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