Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf.
Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don’t know.
The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.
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A good bit of Lewis’s success can, I think, be attributed to the fact that he actually writes relatively little “theology” in this technical sense. Clearly, he’s read a good bit of it and been instructed by it—he does not in any sense belittle it—but he tends to seek language that captures and communicates the quality, the feel, of living and thinking as a Christian. As Austin Farrer put it: “[Lewis’] real power was not proof; it was depiction. There lived in his writings a Christian universe that could be both thought and felt, in which he was at home and in which he made his reader feel at home.” That is the universe I want to explore. It illumines the everyday, so that we may find in it shafts of the divine glory that point to God, so that we may sense the eternal significance of ordinary life.
It is a growing trend that new equates to good and old to bad in today’s society. I witness this attitude a lot in historical discussions where people carry the notion that present and future attitudes on culture and society are simply better due to their newness. Don’t give up the classics due to their age.
Follow up on the previous essay on constructing a library in the home. This one delves into the thought processes for library organization. His personal library would be sorted by conservative politics, Catholicism, and culture. If and when I construct my own I predict it will be sorted in a similar fashion between historical, literature, and religious books. How would you organize your library?
sempiternal – adj. Enduring forever; eternal. From Latin sempiternus, from semper always + aeternuseternal
roborative – adj. Who Strengthens; fortifying. From Latin roborare to consolidate
recriminatory – adj. To counter one accusation with another. From re- + Latin crīmināre, to accuse
obligingly – adv. Ready to do favors for others; accommodating; in accommodation
interminable – adj. Being or seeming to be without an end; endless. From Late Latin interminābilis
quittances – n. Release from debt or other obligation; a receipt or other document certifying this. From Old French quiter to free
commodious – adj. Spacious; roomy; Archaic Suitable; handy. From Latin commodus convenient
gimcrack – n. A cheap and showy object of little or no use; a gewgaw. adj. Cheap and tasteless; gaudy. From Middle English gibecrake, small ornament
epaulette – n. A shoulder ornament, especially a fringed strap worn on military uniforms. From Latin spatula shoulder blade
neume – n. any of various symbols representing from one to four notes, used in the notation of Gregorian chant. From Greek pneuma breath
Pretty crafty idea to construct a library in your own home. I too as a young boy set as a goal that once I own my home that a library be inside. Libraries are far much more than a shelf of books and I think the author does a good job of explaining why. I would imagine my library shelves to contain countless volumes of Roman and Medieval history. While e-books are certainly a useful innovation and allow me to carry what accounts to a full library on the go I fear it will never come close to replacing the ambiance of a quiet room in which knowledge lives.