Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be intensely alive.

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The book should be a ball of light in one's hand

Properly, we shd. read for power. Man reading shd. be intensely alive. The book shd. be a ball of light in one’s hand.

To read and be conscious of the act of reading is for some men (the writer among them) to suffer. I loathe the operation. My eyes are geared for the horizon. Nevertheless I do read for days on end when I have caught the scent of a trail. And I, like any other tired business man, read also when I am “sunk”, when I am too exhausted to use my mind to any good purpose or derive any exhilaration or pleasure from using it.

by Ezra Pound (October 30, 1885 – November 1, 1972)
from Guide to Kulchur (1938)
ZWECK or the AIM
image – Aske Holst

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One Response to “Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be intensely alive.”

  1. Juanita Says:

    This is very apt. I adore reading. In fact, as an early Christmas present, my husband bought me one of my favourite children’s books of all time (which I first read in varsity during a semester of children’s lit), namely ‘Harriet’s Hare’ by Dick King-Smith. Joyful reading for the sake of pure enjoyment 🙂

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