“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I have always imagined paradise to be a kind of library.” ~Jorge Luis Borges
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~Neil Gaiman
A house is not a home without books or dogs. But, this is a B day, so Books! it is. Dogs are for D days. Pasha’s behavior, and his alone, will determine, whether the D day will be a Dog day or a D day—exactly.
So, houses with books or bust! Not just books, put away neatly, on their respective shelves—neatly by order in some fashion. But, books, within arms reach, given any corner, at any angle, in any room you happen to find yourself. Books flung on chairs, on tables, kitchen counters, stacked high, on desks and thrown knee level into desk drawers, because—well because books! Books, arms reach.
I really love books. I would rather receive for my birthday or on any day, a good book, than almost anything else in the world. Just truth, I have no interest in best seller lists, regarding what choice of book to read. I have this trick, when I’m at a bookstore, or a book sale—I select any random book and quick open randomly to no page in particular—and hone in on the middle of the page and read a sentence. I do this two more times. I have never been disappointed, with my blind selection of reading material yet.
The above books are what I had at arms length on my night stand.
The set of Tehillim (Psalms) are the psalms 1-150 in a small 5 volume set, in both English and Hebrew, by ArtScroll. I highly recommend to anyone interested in reading the Psalms, either Jewish or non-Jewish, or can be enjoyed from a purely academic standpoint. This ArtScroll set offers a beautiful translation, as well as in depth commentary from various sources, thereby bringing the reader far greater understanding and meaning.
A couple of other books that bear mentioning is John Cleese’s autobiography– So, Anyway–good background with pictures.
I Think You’re Totally Wrong by David Shields & Caleb Powell (a facebook friend). Who knew? A great conversation between two intellectual friends. Also, a movie by James Franco.