AOPAD (4): On Reading I

For some time, I have imposed a moratorium on myself on buying books – the type with smells and feels and which can be used as fuel for fires in times of need. There will not be space enough. But I will gladly make an exception for ‘On Reading’ by André Kertész.

Have been trying to emulate AK, but it’s tough – weeks can go by (and go by and go by, as Jesse says in ‘Before Sunset’), and you simply won’t see anyone reading a book on the train.

Then, two days ago, I got lucky.



2 thoughts on “AOPAD (4): On Reading I

  1. Yes, nowadays we seldom see people reading print books either on the train or in other public places.

    This picture of a person holding and reading a book reminds me of an interesting, thought provoking article I read on Slate.
    “Amid the seemingly endless debates today about the future of reading, there remains one salient, yet often overlooked fact: Reading isn’t only a matter of our brains; it’s something that we do with our bodies. Reading is an integral part of our lived experience, our sense of being in the world, even if at times this can mean feeling intensely apart from it. How we hold our reading materials, how we look at them, navigate them, take notes on them, share them, play with them, even where we read them—these are the categories that have mattered most to us as readers throughout the long and varied history of reading. They will no doubt continue to do so into the future.
    Perhaps the patron saint of reading should be Dr. Faustus. Faust, which means fist in German, …..Faust reminds us of the way books are totems against ceaseless activity, tools for securing the somatic calm that is the beginning of all careful but also visionary thought. If we believe in the value of rest, and the kind of conversional thinking that it makes possible, then we will want to preserve books and their spaces of readerly rest.

    But Faust also reminds us not to hold on too tightly. He shows us the risks of grasping. He reminds me that the meaning of reading lies in the oscillatory rhythms of the opening and closing hand.”

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