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.

A Guide
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

Review Policy

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.

29 Responses to About

  1. Jillian ♣ says:

    Ah, you’re the first book blogger I’ve seen to share your temperament. I’m an INFP. :-)

    Good to meet you!


  2. Beverly Penn says:

    Wow, I just discovered your blog after being on wordpress myself for over a year. Love the ideas and content here. Can’t wait to read more!


  3. Wow is that really a photo of your personal library?! It is gorgeous! I’m intrigued by how you described this blog and will be perusing more of it :)


    • Anthony says:

      Thank you. I added your blog’s feed to my watch list today. It appears we have uncannily similar film tastes, judging by your recent post. Yes, that is my library.


  4. KRISHNAN UNNI.P says:

    I am not a blogger so far; yet I love your ideas and let us hopefully communicate more on what we read. Not just naming books and authors
    Krishnan Unni.P


  5. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Love the amateur ethic and the list of favourite writers … Big Beckett fan myself. Lots of reading for me here! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.


  6. dyssebeia says:

    Szymborska’s quoted manifesto is exactly right—there’s something deadening about reviewing. For me, at least, the felt need to review takes over and inhibits actually lingering with the work (whatever the medium). It seems like you’re the same. Much better to follow out the thoughts brought to the surface by reading than to try to find the exact balance of praise and blame to dole. (And I find that reading such responses is much better advertisement, anyway—I’d rather find the stimulus of new thoughts than the stimulus of praise.)

    I’ve written one review proper on my blog. It’s a failure. I wrote it only because I had come up with what I thought (and think) is a pretty clever bit of wordplay—the only redeeming quality it has.

    I’ve read some of your posts, and enjoyed them. I’ll be stopping by more often.


    • Anthony says:

      Thank you, pleased that you enjoyed some posts here.

      Aside from a few of the bloggers I include in my blog roll. I don’t read reviews much either. Reading is so subjective, so personal, that straight book reviews are dead as soon as the words hit the page. I’ve come to trust some readers as having a taste broadly similar to my own, but sufficiently different to introduce me to new writers frequently.


  7. I’m delighted to have discovered your blog! I can’t wait to read it more fully when I have a chance. I think I’m going to learn a lot here!


  8. Wajiha says:

    What a delightful library! I myself aspire to have something remotely close to this some day. But for the time being it seems rather improbable.
    By the by, this blog is a constant source of learning for me, Anthony.
    Also, it inspires me to read more!


  9. Dear Anthony, I note – with a touch of sadness – your recent absence from the howling desert of Twitter, but would like to wish you a very happy New Year in any case. I have had email issues of late, so may have missed a few updates to your blog, but continue to visit and enjoy same… Anastasia


  10. herbertsteib says:

    I’m a german blogger and discovered your fantastic and visionary blog while taking a walk through english literature blogs.
    I’ll visit you once more and learn much !
    Regards from Herbert Steib


  11. Nice to be here on your site. Look forward to discovering more. Have a lovely day.


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