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The day I read and read and read (in bed)

August 10, 2010

Bel showed me a really interesting article about books and reading the other day, with a quote from Albert Einstein:

“Somebody who reads only newspapers and at best the books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely nearsighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous.”

Though he’s quite critical about people who don’t read books, I think he has some valid points. I’ve been told by some people (including my dad !!) that they don’t find any value in reading books,  which is why they don’t make it a priority. I think that it’s a huge pity to overlook the insights of so many brilliant authors of past and present. For me, I feel  like the more I read, the more I am exposing myself to different ideas and intuition which gives me a less myopic view of the world. Which kind of reminds me of what Caitlin once told me when she recommended me The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. There’s so much out there to learn from, to listen to, to smell, touch, see. That it’s one big collective effort.

Hmm.. Monocle (more experimental photos) + Bel & I went to Hill Of Content and bought a couple of  books, including Joseph A. Schumpeter’s Capital, Socialism and Democracy. I love Routledge’s classic series ! Their covers are really awesome. But so expensive TT_TT !


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  1. August 11, 2010 4:06 pm

    Interesting! I want to lie in bed and read too :) What did you read/like?

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