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November 12th, 2004
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De Quincey's Confessions
In another of my random reading fits, I grabbed De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater (which I have owned these past seven years or more but am yet to read), opened it to a page at random, and read a couple of pages. He was describing a religious service using a peculiar simile: he compared Christianity's harnessing of the human spirit to rhabdomancy. goliard was right; the man's a genius, and the reading's a joy. Alas, I will have to wait who-knows-how-many more months before finding time to indulge in reading unrelated to my studies.

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Date:November 12th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
That's a bit sad, you know. However busy I am, I always find time to read new things. It's good that you enjoy your study-related reading material.
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Date:November 12th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)

Advised, unassigned reading, thanks to [LJ] friends

Ah, but the glorious snips to which ijon randomly treats himself AND offers us here in his LJ remind me how sometimes a choice passage contains - and reveals - the essence of superb reading.

One of the great boons of exposure to others' recommended reading, is the inspired guidance it grants when we crave something new or reacquaintance with the Good Old (e.g. Jane Austen). I've necessarily curtailed my reading of fiction due to immediate (and longterm) requirements of ploughing through much nonfiction, including in an acquired language (Hebrew) that's maddeningly slow going.
I savor, therefore, even small tastes, and am gratefully illuminated by gleams and beams of light.
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