Time’s Flow Stemmed is a chronological reading journal and commonplace book. A quick glance through the archives and writers that I read will give any reader an opportunity to decide whether we share reading interests and whether the style of this blog is to his or her taste.
My interest in literature is as a reader. All I know of literature is how little I know. I have no advice as such. I merely share information and what I say is not good or bad or right or wrong. I’m not here to push my opinions. I give only my impressions. Draw your own conclusions and form your own opinions. I don’t read for pure entertainment; formal unity, depth of insight, imaginative vision are all important to me, but mostly I read to have my eyes opened to different worlds of feeling to my own. What is it like to be someone that isn’t me? This question interests me greatly.
Without sympathy, intuition, intelligence, comprehension and, most difficultly, grace, I do not see how anything worth reading can truly be read. Those are the qualities I constantly aspire, and inevitably fail, to bring to what I read.This is almost entirely a literary blog: I write about the books that I read. At the moment I post, on average, a couple of times a week. I rarely write negative reviews because I don’t finish books that fail to move me in some way.
I mostly write about novels, which I am convinced is still the most perfect literary form to engage with the social, political and spiritual problems confronting this and any age.
This blog isn’t intended to be a monologue. I cannot hope to give a sufficiently generous accounting of my overwhelming debt to all those who have taken the time to comment, to clarify issues and teach me to see what they saw, or sharpened my discrimination by proposing opinions, as well as those kind enough to say nice things. This blog is an attempt at conversation so please jump in. I can be contacted at timesflowstemmed at gmail.com and also be found on LibraryThing.
Please don’t ask. I’ve no interest in receiving ‘free’ books and 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.