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Recreational reading, at last

April 29, 2013

I have been starved for fun reading recently, and most often characterize grad school as “drinking from a firehose” in that the reading assignments are relentless and voluminous.  So be it.  I have dipped my toe into recreation recently with Carl Safina’s polemic on sea turtles and some old school bombast with Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.  This latter finally led me to read for myself a Twain quote I have often admired.  With 130 years of the firefly effect (things behind you are always better lit–Sen. Sam Ervin), I do not appreciate much of Twain’s cultural bias—but I still like the quote.

I think perhaps that is my aim in looking for itinerant library work—to not only become a more capable librarian, but to shed any bias I may harbor and to have multiple steep learning curves.  I wish me luck.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad (Conclusion)

In the edition I read (1996, Oxford University Press, Intro by Richler, afterword by Sloane), did I see some sly little inserts of emoticons in the text?  :)?  ;)?  I swear but I did.

I will hope that my posts are more frequent now.  One more paper to turn in, library books to return (none so well-met as Safina’s and Twain’s), a locker to clean out—onward.  Again, if you have ideas about where I might spend my time and energies, please see my resume and leave a comment, thanks.

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