August 24th, 2013

mole-think, writing, write, mole-write

Reading-lovers, word-lovers and book-lovers.

Originally posted by marina_bonomi at Oh oh...

Since i was three and able to read on my own, and even before (then I learned my books by heart and pretended to read aloud, turning the pages at the right spot), I've been known to family and friends as 'the book-loving kid'.

Today, while a rather mechanical task left my mind free to wander, I realized all of a sudden that the old definition is wrong.

I do not love books.

I like them, I admire the artistry in a well-crafted volume, I feel dizzy at the idea of some medieval books I have been fortunate enough to see without a  pane of glass in between, because of who wrote, copied and preserved them...but I do not love books .

It is the voices within them that I love, cherish, discuss...and even quarrel with; the 'real' ones that come out of non-fiction as well as the other ones that bring me to worlds that exist only in authors' brains and in those of their readers.

When I am really reading I do not see, smell or feel the book, sometimes I don't even realize the language I'm reading in, I am in the story, and I couldn't care less in which format it is: hardbound, paperback, loose sheets, a file on my computer or my ereader... as long as I can read as much as I want without killing my eyes, my reading materials can come as bas-relief, quipus, bedsheets or what-have-you, it doesn't matter. 

My comment there was:

Hear hear. From the time I learned to read before age four I have loved reading. Not books, words. Books, yes, cereal boxes, passing signposts, anything with words on it. I, too, used to be called the book-loving child but always (even at age five and I am 46 now) used to say that it was more about reading words than reading books. We are word-lovers or reading-lovers.

These days I prefer the reading on the web, eBooks and audio-books to physical dead-tree books because I can read them or listen to them while I knit.

Russell Foster: Why do we sleep? | Video on

Fascinating and well worth watching talk about sleep and its link to health, mental health and wellbeing.

Russell Foster: Why do we sleep? | Video on

Yes, I am pretty nocturnal at the moment, despite only having two hours sleep Friday morning and going OUTSIDE!!!!! and visiting our new niece that day. I know that my hypothalamus it very broken and I also know that, for me, sleeping when I am sleepy and so likely to be able to fall asleep is the only thing that works for me. I used to be semi-alcoholic at university - drink was the only thing that would make me able to sleep at night and I also needed alcohol to face the day and so I can also relate to that portion of his talk. The discussions of sleep, schizophrenia, bipolar and genetics are also of interest, especially given the recent findings about schizophrenia and MS being genetically linked (see my earlier post).