Saturday, April 2, 2011

r is for reading

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot (1834-1926) academic

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) novelist, playwright, short story writer

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Ray Bradbury (b. 1920) novelist, short story writer, essayist

for me one of life's greatest pleasures is reading.

today's post is inspired by an exhibition I recently attended of andre kertész. I didn't want to return home without a remembrance from this remarkable exhibition; thus, I purchased a reprint of his 1971 book on reading as a gift for f.

kertész started taking photographs of people reading early on in his career. the earliest photo included in the book was taken when andre was twenty-one. the book includes sixty-six photographs taken between 1915 and 1970. the estate of kertész has made available all of the books images on the web! one site to learn more about kertész is here.

the book inspired me to begin my own on reading review; or rather, it has inspired me to start organizing my reading snaps and continue on; seems I too am smitten by the sight of people reading (evidenced many times on the mouse). the three photos above are just a few of my own rapidly growing collection of images of people reading. they are not as artful and remarkable as andre's, but like reading they give me pleasure - I hope they bring you some pleasure too.

and lastly, today is the birthday of hans christian anderson (2 april 1805 -1875). in remembrance of hans, master of the fairy tale, I offer one last snap that fits within today's reading review.
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) physicist, philosopher, peace activist

photos: woman on stoop in the village, nyc february 2011; man in market, fairfax, va february 2011; rugman at brooklyn flea, february 2011; hans christian anderson statue in central park, nyc, june 2010


Watson said...

Thanks for this post that touches my love for reading dear mouse. You didn't mention that a good volume also makes a lovely mouse house, but then, once a person is involved in a good story, we don't really want company knocking on our cover!

I was going to take advantage of the sunshine today and clean out my car ... weed my garden some more, plant some soft stem garlic .... but maybe I'll just settle down in the sun with a good book. You've ruined me! Thank you!

California Girl said...

I'm with Somerset Maugham. I love to read and "escape" tho' not always the "miseries of life." He's one of my favorite writers too.

Nice post, mouse.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Although I love reading your blog in electronic form, I still greatly value the printed book form. One of the great resources we have here in SF is the old school Center for Bookmaking in case you haven't found it earlier

Tess Kincaid said...

You KNOW I love this post...the quotes...your photos...just delightful.

karen said...

Books are my best friends. When I was a child my father used to keep me from reading books because he thought it made one lazy by sitting and reading. Today I'm making up for all the years I lost not being allowed to read.