Friday, November 07, 2008

Need something humorous?

I recommend reading Umberto Eco's essay, How to Organize a Public Library. I laughed my way through it for the first time this morning.

Finishing books has not been my strong point this fall. Hence my lack of posts on the blog. However, I am beginning to make some headway. Currently, I'm working through Here I Stand, a bio of Martin Luther. And of course, A Passion For Books, where I discovered the above-mentioned essay. :)


John Dekker said...

Just so you know, the essay comes from How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays which I mentioned on this blog 18 months ago.

Sorry - I just had to claim the credit.

Kara Dekker said...

Anyone with a memory like that can have the credit. ;) I'd totally forgotten.

I haven't looked at the book yet, obviously. The collection I'm currently reading does have another essay of Eco's which I also read: How to Justify a Private Library.

John Dekker said...

Which is my favourite, mainly because it is of such great personal interest.

Before I moved into my current place, most of my books were at my Mum's house. (I have a fairly large library.) So I would just have the books in my flat that I intended to read soon - and when I finished them I took them back to Mum's. Thus, when people asked me if I'd read all those books, I could reply with utter truthfulness, "I haven't read any of them. That's why they're here."

Anyway, I have A Passion for Books (note the italics, though the sentence is true without them), but I haven't read it yet. It just got bumped several places up the list. :)