Reading this new book, The Story of Ain’t, I realize how much a love a book on a topic that interests me greatly. I’m beside myself with pleasure, reading this book. That gives me pause on account of the goal I have for learning all these languages, which is to read the great literature in their original language: Tolstoy, Ibsen, Cavaffy, Ghalyb, etc. But those are novels or poems, not academic or journalistic works. I’ve just placed a request for The Village Effect. I think such issues are vital to discuss as our society becomes more and more like the science fiction books and films of my youth. Embedded chips, ubiquitous cameras, hackers, the NSC…… I need to read politics, economics, history, social issues, and so on. What will I learn from the novels?
Well, that’s the reason for reading them, isn’t it? Or is it? How about just the pleasure of reading well-written works that explore the human psyche: Kazantsakis, Loyola, Dostoevsky, Faiz, Proust, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien (translated into Dutch)?