When reading I am either bored or totally engaged in the topic. The first paragraph generally determines my interest. When I read something engaging I become distracted by my own thoughts and feel urged to write and get all ooh, ooh, ooh, as I did when reading this quote.
Quote of the Moment
It happens to us once or twice in a lifetime to be drunk with some book which probably has some extraordinary relative power to intoxicate us and none other; and having exhausted that cup of enchantment we go groping in libraries all our years afterwards in the hope of being in Paradise again.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson in a letter to Sam Ward
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This quote would describe how I experienced “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck.Although, this wasn’t the first thought that this quote sparked. When I read: “to be drunk with some book” taking this completely out of context, I was no longer sitting at home at my computer reading this quote but on that last flight to Florida drunk with a book. I’ll confess I had a drink before boarding and a few more in flight to ease my nerves.
In studying literature I realized: Some works, are meant to be read, while enjoying a glass of wine or two. On that flight to Florida I learned Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” can bring an adult to roar with laughter in public places after kicking back a few and perhaps could bring on that effect even cold sober.
Do you get that urge to write when reading? Have you read any of Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” series? What great book does Emerson’s quote remind you of?
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