Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Norm talks about distinguishing between reading and re-reading, with a view to praising the experience of reading as an act (taking Nabakov somewhat to task).

Given the Rullsenberg / Cloud household acquires books at a ridiculous rate - far faster than we can manage reading them, though we read voraciously as well - I have to be in favour of reading new things, even as I often go back and re-read old favourites.

I'm still chuckling at David Tennant's explanation for selecting "A la recherche du temps perdu" as his Desert Island book: if he's on the island too long, will he start re-reading it I wonder?!


JoeinVegas said...

We have so many books I haven't gotten to, yet I still pull out an old fav to read again.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Joe: so do I, but I do think that if I was on a desert island I'd be tempted to keep things fresh by reading new things because the stuff I would re-read I can already easily conjur in my mind's eye.

Note -- if said island was same one on which David Tennant was shipwrecked I probably wouldn't want to do as much reading...