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February 21, 2010

Read a Good Book Lately?

I love books. In fact I have more books than anyone should have in any one place.

I give books away, trade them in at book stores, but I seem to have more every time I look around around my house.

My main problem is, I know that the next book has someone's wonderful solution or brilliant insight that I need. And the great thing about book is that you never know...

...what might be waiting for you on the next page.

Unlike watching TV, listening to the radio, or even surfing the web, you can read a book at your own pace, without interruption.

Reading can be the perfect immediate and affordable distraction we might need from the craziness of our work day.

I know that when I have reached my frustration level by reading poorly written essays, I luxuriate in a writer (like Wendell Berry) who crafts every sentence and is a joy to read.

Writing, as a craft, is actually very similar to any other craft; take your time and make certain every piece is where it belongs. Treat the user (reader) with respect and leave something you'll be proud of in five years.

Sitting and reading can be good for the body as well as the mind. GOOD magazine is full of wonderful suggestions to live a better life - and reading a good book is one of their enduring suggestions. Check out their article on reading books here http://www.good.is/post/read-a-book.

And, for some comic relief, take a listen to Jimmy Durante's vintage novelty song " I read a book". You can hear it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlsQIEIEeKA.

"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy". ~Edward P. Morgan

And you never know what a book might inspire you to do - the right one might even get you moving to write the book that hasn't been written yet - the book that only you could write - "If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

We are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at February 21, 2010 07:28 PM

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