1. The New YorkerKathryn Schulz3/18/1913 min
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    • Pegeen
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      5 years ago

      I loved this article. What a picture this author drew - so beautifully vivid. My mother used to say, “How can anyone ever be bored, don’t they like to read?” I remember her reading Trinity by Leon Uris when she was in Hospice. I have not read one of the books mentioned, yet I am an avid reader. My stack would be all nutrition, fitness, spirituality, mind/body connection, energy healing modalities, biographies, autobiographies, short stories and memoirs. Not one for fiction but I keep trying. Short stories are my best attempt.

    • erica5 years ago

      This article! I'm definitely more like her dad than her great-aunt - I love books ravenously. Made me miss the New York Public Library.

      I love that her father cultivated a love of books in his children. It sounds like the best way to do this is to surround your children with books and read to them and tell them stories. He must have been so proud that he raised a professor and a writer.

      I love the difference between her mother and father in how they organize / don't organize their books. "No matter how beautifully your life is arranged, no matter how lovingly you tend to it, it will not stay that way forever."

      I've read:

      • Pale Fire
      • Infinite Jest (In both of these, the endnotes become the story)
      • Angle of Repose
      • The Road
      • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
      • Freedom
      • Middlemarch
    • bill
      Top reader of all time
      5 years ago

      OK, let's play a game. List the books mentioned in this essay that you've read! I'll go first:

      • Infinite Jest
      • Angle of Repose
      • The Road
      • Freedom

      I was off to a strong start, but was quickly humbled. So many of these are on my "urgent" list, including American Pastoral, White Teeth, Middlemarch. And of course I've spent a lot of time with Norton's poetry. I once had "Kubla Khan" memorized by heart.

      I will never touch Mason & Dixon because of what Gravity's Rainbow did to me. Wasn't pretty. I read the first chapter of Undaunted Courage in middle school.