I have been reading wildly all over the place, Goethe’s Iphigenia & the Racine’s to remove the taste, Chesterfield, Boccaccio, Fischart, Ariosto & Pope!
– Samuel Beckett,
Letter to Thomas MacGreevy
(25 March 1936)
Why the name?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote about the concept of flow, a sense of ecstasy, when time appears to slow and clarity can occur when we step outside the reality of everyday life. He put into words states that older traditions have known for centuries. Reading books is the most popular way of immersion into the flow experience, but listening to music and playing chess also work for me.
The subtitle Wild Readings takes its name from the above quotation, it summarises well my reading pattern.
Blogs are idiosyncratic places, reflections of their writers, so I thought it might be considerate to guide those interested to how things work and where some things are:
- At the moment I post, on average, a couple of times a week, impressions of what I’m reading at the time. I link to the archives on the front page, some of which are corrupted by the transfer from Blogger, but I am slowly getting around to scrubbing up old posts.
- Books are primarily what interest me, so I keep track of what I read.
- The owner and writer is Anthony; other information can be read or inferred from the posts.
More Information for the Extra-Curious
- Library, including a list of favourite writers.
- Some reading lists.
- Pleasing moments in blog history.
- Talking: ‘Why I Read: The Profound Pleasure of Literature’
- Favourite bookshop: London Review Bookshop.
- Favourite literary magazine: Music & Literature.
- Favourite publisher: Verso Books.
Please don’t ask. I don’t like the self-imposed pressure of receiving books from publishers or writers. I admire any writer capable of getting a book published and wish them every success.