Friday, October 21, 2005

Books provide me with a temporary escape from excitement



Heh, just kidding. I love books. And that's what I'm blogging about today. It's a shame that people don't seem to read much anymore, even if the intent is there. A few years ago, there was an article in Cosmo or some such magazine about New Year's resolutions--it said that if your resolution was to be smarter, just buy a bunch of classic books in hardcover and put them on your shelves. That way at least you will appear smarter. I've got nothing to add here--that's just sad.

In any case, people always complain that books are boring. Well, if you read 20 pages and put it down, yeah, I can see that. You have to read the whole thing! Calling an unfinished book boring is like walking into a half-painted bedroom and saying "Wow--this looks like crap!" In other words, you need a sense of the whole picture first. Also, just because you were forced to read "Sense and Sensibility" in high school and hated it doesn't mean that all books are "Sense and Sensibility." Find books in your area of interest--trust me, they exist! So get out there, and get reading.

(The More You Know, Shooting Star, aaaaaannnnd we're out)

Does this blog have a purpose, you ask? Yeah, it does. I'm getting there. I think. The purpose is to say that I want to talk about books on this blog. Books I'm reading, new books out, etc. Should be fun. Right now, I'm reading a biography of William Shakespeare called "Will in the World." It's really good so far--a delightful jaunt! These kinds of things can be dry sometimes, but not so with this one. Did you know that Shakespeare knocked up his wife, and that she was eight years older than him? And that Shakespeare's father may have been a drunk, and was perhaps the person on whom the famous and hilarious character Falstaff was based? Good stuff. So that's it. To recap, reading is fun, I like book-talk, I'm doing book-talk in this blog, "Will in the World" is good so far, The More You Know, Starwipe, and we're out. Have a delightful weekend.

5 comments:

Rosetta Stone said...

Dear Mr Harris,

I'm so excited to have found your blog! Reading and writing are my passion as well! I've been meaning to pick up Will in the World but haven't gotten around to it yet. Now, I'm gonna do it! The last 2 good non-fiction books I read were, Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis and A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Have you read either?

Rosetta Stone
(no relation to Sharon)

MSH said...

I would definitely recommend "Will in the World" to anyone who is a fan of William Shakespeare. Or, as I like to call him, "The Bard."

Never heard of Founding Brothers...any relation to the Founding Fathers? I heard of "A Short History..." and I've been meaning to check that out. I've been wanting to read a basic, summary-type world history book for a while. Would you recommend this book for that purpose?

Rosetta Stone said...

Dear Mr Harris,

Bill Bryson's book "A Short History of Nearly Everything" is about geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and he manages to render those subjects comprehensible to people like me. In fact, he makes them fascinating. I recommend the book for that purpose.

Rosetta Stone

MSH said...

Sounds good...thanks Rosetta! By the way, I just got your "no relation to Sharon" joke, as in Sharon Stone. At first, I thought you were my friend Sharon and were cluing me in on the real identity beneath your nom de plume, as it were. But that's not the case. Anyway, thanks again for the recommendations -- I'm glad you found this blog, too.

Town E. Dispatch said...

all this book learning is making my head spin. i thought shakespeare was a pen name.