Re: Why Read At All?
I've been giving this topic some thought recently, and I haven't even read the article, yet!
In terms of what we read, I think we're drawn to certain writers, because we are looking for something; we find or discover a writer, and enjoy the read, pleasure first, and second -- the intellectual nourishment the work provides, and then we move on. But I suspect that we already knew some of what we were going to find there, the life-view, philosophy, and so on and such forth, and so on one level the work confirms this viewpoint? Or expresses it better than we ever could ourselves. So, it's not so much a case of stored-up knowledge which is either good or bad, corrupting or elevating, erudite or ammonite, but of course, let's no forget, we're are able to see the problems and attitudes of the past and weigh them against our own experiences; "the book" isn't just a one way mirror! We interrogate it!
And as long as you stay away from Dan Brown ... where's the harm or mischief in all of that?
Last edited by Hamlet; 20-Jun-2012 at 12:48.
"Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard"
Myth of Sysyphus ~ by Albert Camus