I vant to be alone !

“The pursuit of reading is carried on by private people.”

So what would Virginia Woolf make of today’s public sport of reading? We wait anxiously to hear Oprah’s book choices, form reading clubs to discuss books as a group, make celebrities out of some authors, chat with unknown people about books online and read magazine columns to find out what books are on the bedsides of various public people. Of course, just about anything which promotes reading is fine with me. But I think Wolf was describing something rare these days – being alone with your thoughts. Pondering ideas dear to you, allowing time for reflection on the facts and fantasies you read, making sense of a book in your own way. Perhaps in this tell-all world, there are some things we can keep for ourselves

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    Amanda
    February 5, 2010 - 6:42 am | Permalink

    I love coming across this – I just read a great article about Woolf and how her mental illness affected/influenced her writing, specifically, her portrayal of the nature of reality. Anyway, it's a great read: http://tinyurl.com/ydzfxce

    I agree, privacy is an increasingly rare commodity – even the privacy of our own thoughts, as we increasingly broadcast them through Twitter and the like…it's nice to think that in the act of reading, it's just you and the words, communing…nothing else.

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