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World after world after world

5 August 2014

Because for some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. They are full of all the things that you don’t get in real life—wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. And quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and really pay attention. An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean. Aren’t you?

Anne Lamott

Thanks to Bridget for the tip.

 

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4 Comments to “World after world after world”

  1. I still remember vividly the day when I realized that my English was good enough that I could now read all the books in that language, too. I was very young then, but I knew all about “world after world after world” opening up before me.

    How sad that foreign languages aren’t mandatory in schools here.

  2. And how much more amazing is it that a small rectangle of plastic and whatnot can house hundreds of books, all right there at your fingers tip with a simple tap of the screen?

  3. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, with its concept of down drafts and up drafts, helped me finish my first book. God bless ‘er.

  4. I wanted to say “Thanks” for the kitties video, but there was no comment section. I needed the laughter and am much obliged.

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