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.
Archives For books
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.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
‘I read novels with the utmost pertinacity. I look upon them–I look upon good novels–as a very valuable part of literature, conveying more exact and finely-distinguished knowledge of the human heart and mind than almost any other, with greater breadth and depth and fewer constraints.
Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?
It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.