Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me
It is one thing to recommend a book and another to recommend you spend $10.00 on it. I bought Booked on a whim and I paid for it. I rarely do that but in this case blame it on Amazon credit. At first I did not like the style and regretted my purchase but now that I am 50% in I am really enjoying it. If you like books about books, my favorite kind, you will probably like this. The author is refreshingly honest. At first this sounds a bit 'in your face' but I am warming up to her quite a bit.
I liked the quote below because it reminded me of all the Breaking Bad talk. What is the point of a tragedy? The truth is until recently we had forgotten how to make a tragedy. In a real tragedy you don't get a second chance. The woodcutters do not cut open the wolf and let you out. In a real tragedy, ideas have consequences.
"Tragedy is then more than just a sad story; it is cathartic and ennobling. This is why Arthur Miller claims that tragedies are, ultimately, optimistic: “In them, and in them alone, lies the belief,” Miller says, “in the perfectibility of man.”
In the next quote the author makes a great point about the value of community standards. I often thing of the Bible verse, Proverbs 23:10, which says "Remove not the ancient landmark."
"The real problem (although I couldn’t quite see it then), was that having made up my sexual morality, I really had no grounds for dismissing that of anyone else which happened to be different from mine. Without a context of community standards—religious or otherwise—we were all just individuals with warring symbols for this thing called sex."
And the finally quote reminded me of what Andrew Kern is always saying:
"I learned who I was. It’s the lesson, once again, that beholding is becoming."