Thursday, October 29, 2009

Quotes: Reading (5).

Reading 679 "People don’t get their morality from the reading matter; they bring their morality to it." Clive James. “A Blizzard of Tiny Kisses.” [Scathing review of Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz. 1980. Gross, ed. Essays. On the issue of censorship.

Reading 17 Marianne on Edward’s reading: "…how spiritless, how tame was Edward’s manner in reading to us last night…to hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference…if he is not to be animated by Cowper…to hear him read with so little sensibility." Austen, Sense and Sensibility. In the days when reading aloud in the evening was their TV....

Reading 66 " In the afternoons, when grandmother sat upstairs, darning, or making husking-gloves, I read ‘The Swiss Family Robinson to her, and I felt that the Swiss Family had no advantages over us in the way of an adventurous life." Cather, My Ántonia. Settling the prairie was as adventurous as the adventures in any book.

Reading 93 Carol: “What if some children are destructive [with books]? They learn to read; books are cheaper than minds.” Sinclair Lewis, Main Street. To which the librarian responds that her job is to maintain the books and to keep them from being destroyed by careless children.

Reading 352 "…nothing but trying to make books talk to me." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street. One way of defining reading.

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