Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thoughts about reading, writing and no arithmetic
As an artist, I have more than one artist pursuit. Along with painting I also like to write, and reading is like a glove to that pursuit.
I was listening to Terry Gross interview Penelope Lively (love that name) the other day. They were discussing her memoir; Dancing Fish And Ammonites, which she refers to as a "view from old age".
At one point Terry Gross shared that she has books all over the house, on tables, resting on the floors, everywhere and she asked Lively if she also had a lot of books and if so, why keep them all.
Lively said she owns over 3,000 books and at one point she wanted to downsize and move into a smaller place, problem; she couldn't find a place that would hold her wealth of books.
She believes her books are a historical pathway toher way of thinking, her interests, mundane and erudite. A measure of her intellectual self.
As I thought about that, it occurred to me I would rather lose my wallet than my journal. I can replace the credit cards, insurance card, drivers license, but I can't replace my thoughts.