We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A big reader friend told me at lunch yesterday that she had had the depressing realization last weekend that she will never be able to read all the books she wants to read in her lifetime.
She is a very active, adventurous person whose appetite for new experiences equals her appetite for new knowledge. Rather than depressing, I found her comment uplifting. We'd like to die, maybe, dropping a half-read book onto our chest. Is there a library in heaven?
I remember having a very similar realization about 20 years ago when walking into the Borders book store in Tysons Corner (just outside of DC). In my case, I remember looking around the store and realizing there were whole major topics of study that I was just never going to get to in my lifetime. It was a bit melancholy.
Yes...!! Dr George Ritchie's book.. Return from Tomorrow. A very good read.
Capt. John A. Snyder
Your friend is looking farther ahead than I am. I made a list of 12 books I want to read this year and am wondering if it's going to be possible. Les Miserables is taking a little longer than I planned.
My husband and I were just talking yesterday about how we used to be voracious readers in our younger day. Not so much anymore.
Reading is a solitary pursuit, and we like to talk to each other! When the work day is over, do we want to retreat from each other into books? No.
We enjoy watching tv, movies (including documentaries) and being able to talk about them while they are going on. Pausing to make a point.
Can't do that with books.
I used to want to read a huge list of classical literature in my 20s. Now, I typically only read when I am on an airplane, I'm in a hotel room alone, or when my husband goes to bed early. I make it through maybe 2 or 3 books a YEAR.