Archive for the ‘reading’ Category

Time’s Arrow


At first glance, writers of languages like English seem to be those who favor an arrow of time which goes left to right and down the page. Page breaks are some sort of discontinuity which doesn’t seem to bother them, but seems to bother a related clan, the copy editor. But a closer inspection of […]

A story of cultural differences, and the power of the written word. via super colossal

People Reading


New York attorney and bibliophile Donald Oresman and his wife, Patricia, began in 1974 to focus their art collection upon images of people reading. That year, they saw Jim Dine’s portrait of his wife, Nancy, reading and bought it. A few weeks later they came across Larry Rivers’ portrait of the poet Frank O’Hara reading. […]

Posed by Luc Sante, in an interesting post about an educational pocket library series published by the early 20th century American Socialist weekly Appeal to Reason: What happened to continuing self-education? These books were read by teamsters and machinists and stevedores and farmhands and miners. They read them not because they thought the books could […]

Bookish holiday


I took it [Gravity’s Rainbow ] on holiday to Greece with me in 1987. For three days I manfully ploughed on until I realised that it was actually ruining my vacation. I’d only got to page 127, and in the meantime my friend had not only polished off Kennedy for the Defence but was steaming […]

Hmm….sounds like a good plan. I quite fancy being Language-Master of Space , too. From Beyond the Unknown covers, via ffffound!.

Read or dead?


Two prints by the South African artist William Kentridge, from an exhibition at the Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery: “Newspaper unread” “Newspaper read”

Nils Holger Moormann’s Bookinist chair has a faint air of the Heath-Robinson about it, and even a secret compartment: via Read more about the Bookinist (including some quite strong views in the comments!) at dezeen.

Two recent Latin-American encounters, with two writers who at first sight, could not be more different. The first concerns the reading habits of Julio Cortázar, via pasteldenaranja: Cortázar was not a bibliophile, as his widow tells in this funny anecdote. While they were reading a novel in a train: “He read a page, he tore […]