BTT 2/25 Reading Books=Insufficient Life??
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This week's question, suggested by Janet, asks:
"I’ve seen this quotation in several places lately. It’s from Sven Birkerts’ ‘The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age’:
'To read, when one does so of one’s own free will, is to make a volitional statement, to cast a vote; it is to posit an elsewhere and set off toward it. And like any traveling, reading is at once a movement and a comment of sorts about the place one has left. To open a book voluntarily is at some level to remark the insufficiency either of one’s life or one’s orientation toward it.'
To what extent does this describe you?"
Interesting question, Janet! My life has been happy and fufilling, so far. Though, like everyone, I have ups and downs-- "life" must go on! I agree with the "movement" aspect -- an mind and soul journey -- of Birkerts' quote concerning but totally disagree with the "insufficiency' statement.
Reading is a passionate part of my life--celebrating learning, imagination, understanding other cultures and ideas, the incredible art of writing (which I don't have) and, of course, fun and escape! I work in the book biz --translating my fascination of books and reading to my career. Got to love that!
The reading "motion' or journey gives me a chance to find out that everyone has an incredible story. Learn it and be amazed! If I can hear, imagine, believe, understand someone else's story, my life is enriched. No insufficiency, here!
Do you agree with Sven Birkerts’ idea? What does it say about reading groups and book clubs?