Now if the HSBA had a Tonstant Weader category, maybe I'd have more to say. This week I've been working on lectures by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch ("Q") that I've been trying to finish for way too long (the footer on my printout of the first few confesses a date of two years ago). Like Helene Hanff, I find Q's writing forces me to go slowly, but I'm determined to finish, eventually. I also re-read an essay by Gene Veith, and one of my favourite posts I had printed out from Coffee, Tea, Books and Me. They all tie in together somewhat.
So what have you all been doing in November? Writing a novel in one month? Growing a moustache? Planning Advent observances? Planning an awesome first birthday party? Sending family members off on a very important mission?
"C.S. Lewis in his classic essay "On the Reading of Old Books" recommends reading at least one old book for very three new books. This is not because old books are necessarily superior but because every age has its blind spots: "We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books." To break out of the narrowness of our own time, in which it is assumed that the way people today think is the only way that is possible, we must enter the thought-forms of other ages. These, of course, have errors and narrowness of their own, to which we are less likely to succumb. But in order to transcend the limits of our own day, we must "keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.""--Gene Edward Veith, "Flex the Brain"