The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik

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February 15, 2021

In winter, we are called inside ...

 


      In the high summer, we want to be outside and active; in winter, we are called inside ... Winter is when I reorganise my bookshelves and read all the books I acquired in the previous year and failed to actually read. It is also the time when I reread beloved novels, for the pleasure of reacquainting myself with old friends. In summer, I want big splashy ideas and trashy page-turners, devoured while lounging in a garden chair or perching on one of the breakwaters on the beach. In winter, I want concepts to chew over in a pool of lamplight -- slow, spiritual reading, a reinforcement of the soul. Winter is a time for libraries, the muffled quiet of bookstacks and the scent of old pages and dust. In winter, I can spend hours in silent perusal of a half-understood concept or a detail of history. There is nowhere else to be, after all.
      Winter opens up time. ...

from Wintering: the power of rest and retreat in difficult times
by Katherine May

  

5 comments:

JoAnn said...

I may need to just buy a copy instead of waiting for the library hold!

Nan said...

I do love that ... is it called a Chesterfield?

Audrey said...

Hi, Nan,
Yes, I think so. The photo is from Eudora Welty's house.

Karen K. said...

Great photo! I want to zoom in and browse through all the books!

Nan said...

Oh, Eudora!! Thanks for telling me.

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