Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.
New York Times: “In Praise of (Offline) Slow Reading” by David Mikics
This article was so good that I wanted to underline every sentence! But I’ll limit myself here to quoting a paragraph:
“The digital world offers us many advantages, but if we yield to that world too completely we may lose the privacy we need to develop a self. Activities that require time and careful attention, like serious reading, are at risk; we read less and skim more as the Internet occupies more of our lives. And there’s a link between selfhood nad reading slowly, rather than scanning for quick information, as the Web encourages us to do. Recent work in sociology and psychology suggests that reading books, a private experience, is an important aspect to coming to know who we are.”
I didn’t get as much blog reading done this week as I’d have liked, but here is one post I did read and loved:
Then Matters Now: “The Biggest Lies in History“
I’ve been really enjoying The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, now that I’ve made it through the slow beginning and the chapters of non-plot-related historical commentary. I was determined to stick it out because I did that with Hugo’s Les Miserables and was rewarded by a story I fell deeply for and will never get over. 🙂 I’m not sure yet if that will be true about Hunchback, but I think I’ll love it too. I’m definitely having fun walking around in fifteenth-century Paris!
And speaking of the fifteenth century, through reading Art Past Art Present this week I discovered that I really like Flemish painting from around that time period—for example, Pieter Bruegel, the Limbourghs, and Jan van Eyck. I like the realistic/naturalistic portrayals of people and their immediate surroundings, but most of all I love the little details and symbols placed in the backgrounds—like a tiny dog figurine on the corner of a bookshelf, for example—things you don’t see until you look closely. It’s fun!
Posts on my other blogs:
My CFS Story: Intro and Part 1 (The Crazy Beginning)
On CFS, My Curse and Blessing
Changing My Entire Identity: Songs that Helped Me Through
On My Post-God Life
I’ve been having fun writing some songs of my own this week too. 🙂