25 Oct 2012 nutella   » (Master)

Two Books
In keeping with current events I am reading HST's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. This is made extra poignant by the death of George McGovern, who features heavily in the book.

To try and avoid becoming too jaded I am also reading Marilynne Robinson's When I Was a Child I Read Books which is wonderful. Robinson loves Walt Whitman and quotes him at length in the introduction, but I really like her own words:
"To identify sacred mystery with every individual experience, every life, giving the word its largest sense, is to arrive at democracy as an ideal, and to accept the difficult obligation to honor others and oneself with something approaching due reverence. It is a vision that is wholly religious though by no means sectarian, wholly realist in acknowledging the great truth of the centrality of human consciousness, wholly open in that it anticipates and welcomes the disruption of present values in the course of finding truer ones."
Tell it, Marilynne! Tell it!

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