What’s near your bed?
- A good novel you’re keenly reading every evening
- A pile of cuddly comforting comics (Peanuts or Calvin & Hobbes)
- A magazine in your comfort zone (movies, classical music, food, (or knives and fast cars?))
If like me you have this illness (printed words feed you), you need to have fast light things near your pillow. Like a snack of words, right? Just in case of insomnia, for example…
There are many ways to have “short things”. Very easy novels. Old comics. Archipelago philosophy. Quotes collection. Poetry. Correspondence books…
I have all these, and diaries.
Thinkers, writers, photographers, directors, politics? Many personalities wrote their diary. Sometimes it’s published, even after author’s death.
As a book unearther, I have the tendency to pick up everything diary-ish. It’s a superpower, in a way : you just open the author’s mind and see him/her think.
Yesterday I was with Gide (1869-1951), reading some diary pages of 1941. I found this (my translation) :
An opinion begins to bother me as soon as I can take advantage of it.
I had to stop reading, opened mouth.
That was obvious to me – so why being bothered by? What if he was right, and where, and how, and why? Here you go : you have two hours.
The danger of having words snacks near your bed (even Peanuts : Charlie Brown is a pretty good philosopher) is to find interesting things in the middle of the night. Therefore “Hello insomnia I embrace you” : you’ll never go back to sleep. So there!
Have a nice week-end!