Posts tagged ‘reading’

October 10, 2014

As with books, so with life

Courtesy of Tim Parks in his book Teach Us to Sit Still:

With books . . . , the best experiences are not when you find what you were looking for, but when something quite different finds you, takes you by surprise, shifts your taste to new territory. . . . It’s only stories that gather the world up in unexpected ways.

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April 4, 2014

Laugh of the day: A bookworm’s bad dream

Courtesy of Alex Hallatt’s Arctic Circle comic strip on April 2, 2014:

Alex Hallatt's Arctic Circle comic strip, April 2, 2014

 

(Source: http://arcticcirclecartoons.com/comics/april-2-2014/

September 5, 2013

Observed on the street: A bookworm speaks

Observed on the street:

The following message, written in huge, two-foot tall block letters, in sidewalk chalk, at the end of a driveway in my neighbourhood:

R E A D

I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

May 20, 2013

Of archers and bibliophiles

Two quotes today, one for parents, the other for book lovers . . . or both for book-loving parents!

First, from poet and artist Khalil Gibran, inspiration those of us with children:

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

Be patient and aim well.

Second, from journalist and writer Christopher Morley, comfort for those of us with a stack of books always nearby:

There’s no mistaking a real book when one meets it.  It is like falling in love.

How many times have I fallen in love with pages and pages of unbroken prose?  Far too many to count.

January 20, 2013

Book recommendation — “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” by Salman Rushdie

I thoroughly enjoyed the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.  Very different from Rushdie’s other work, this book is like Dr. Seuss for adults — and children will love it, too!  Clever, magical and simply delightful.

Cover of the novel "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" by Salman Rushdie