Saturday, February 12, 2011

"The Life Well-Read"

Today, February 12, in the Wall Street Journal is full page article which is a challenge as well.  "Books beget books--and sometimes writers are moved to pay tribute to the ones that formed them."  Beginning with the year 987, in Baghdad, a bookseller named Ibn-al Nadim who cataloged books, but only books that he had personally seen and touched, commenting on all of them.  He is compared to Jorge Luis Borges who imagined heaven to be a huge library of books.  And as the writer in the WSJ says, they didn't just read books, they ingested them.  Within the article, there are listed five authors who wrote about books in journals and memoirs.  An article to be saved and savored.

1 comment:

  1. I recommend the Susan Hill book reviewed in this article. It was one of the first books I reviewed on my book about books blog.