“I’ll put this one on my SOB (Stack of Books)”

Librarians, booksellers, booklovers : we all know the SOB, the Stack of Books (to read).

In French we call it the PAL (la Pile de Livres).

You know this, right? You just bought a book, or you’re just being stung by a subject (thus you picked up some books in your shelves).

  • It can be a couple of books, but it can be two dozens, or a whole shelf, yeeeesh.
  • It can be a real stack, or a stack… in your mind.
  • You can read them in order, or begin all of them all – so there!
  • While you attack your stack, you’ll probably add more books on it.

Yes, it’s sisyphian.

It leads me to this (if it’s a pattern) : Don’t we all have other “stacks”? Things to do? Things to think about (when I have a little time alone)? Things to talk about when I’m with this person? Clothes (to iron, obviously)? Methods? Recipes? How do we choose into a stack ?

Isn’t a stack a list made real?…

Here’s my current one. I invite you to post yours in the comments 🙂

Have a nice day!

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The reader who doesn’t read

I know plenty of book lovers, but this Type is rare…

The reader who doesn’t read.

There’s this man I see in the bookstore twice a week or more. He subscribed to many weekly magazines and wants to buy every book with good reviews. Let’s say : between 5 and 10 books a week.

Little by little, by what he was saying, I figured it out : this guy hasn’t got the time, didn’t take the time to read any of them. None. It is like a compulsive need to get everything’s “good” for critics.

I have a friend who lived for a few years with a man who was the same : he kept buying books and CDs, but she told me he doesn’t love to read, he never reads, he just pile dozens and dozens of them.

So one could wonder. Let’s try :

  1. Compulsive buying disorder.
  2. A fear to miss something.
  3. A way to say “I’ll read these later, when I’m retired”.
  4. Imposture (“I want to look like an intellectual”).
  5. A vicarious will to look like someone he knows.
  6. A way to hide a big “something is missing in my life”.

 

In a way, in each case, I find so much sadness. Like a big rush, a big energy to do something, but unable to really plug it to reality, to brain. Big appetite, but no acumen…

This Type uses a pattern. What would be this pattern in other areas? Fakery, impostureness? What shades do we find, between doing this just on surface, like a cheater, a fake, or doing it with a good will, deeper, a bit like “being lost, in fact, in the emptiness”. Compulsive liars, wrong artistic projects…

A reader who never reads, awwwee poor man!

 

Thanks for… reading!

 

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P. Chamoiseau Quote : “For whom has no questions…

For whom has no questions, books remains sleeping treasures. The breadth of the question one asks to oneself, one applies to the world, nourishes the amplitude of response. If the question exists, everything begins to answer.

“Pour celui qui n’a pas de questions, les livres demeurent des trĂ©sors endormis. L’ampleur de la question que l’on se pose Ă  soi, que l’on applique au monde, nourrit les amplitudes de la rĂ©ponse. Si la question existe, tout se met Ă  rĂ©pondre”.

Patrick Chamoiseau

 

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Photo : Mona Kuhn

Instant Kharma (and books)

This morning I decided to offer a dozen books to the free-books-box of the TGV train station of Lille.

With a little advance on my schedule I went into a second hand bookstore where I found in an awe a great book about one of the most interesting photographer of today : Jeff Wall.

A pearl! Thank you, my good Norwegian Angel!

What I read

Didi-Huberman is a great thinker for images. Aperçues is a great short texts books. Full of ideas and subtleties.

A fabulous, clever book about Miles Davis. Puts me in fields I don’t know well (Jazz). Plenty of great patterns about management, intentions, creativity…

One of the many books written by C. Juliet. Diaries : introvert curious intelligent writer.

Hustvedt has a storytelling talent. Novel writer, she talks about science and psychology, about thinking living watching, mixing her life with science nuggets.

Kundera because you have to go back to him from time to time. Irony. Hair splitting cleverness.

Koolhas because architects have a great way to think about invention and civilization.

A Taschen about impressionism. Cheap and gorgeous.

Contre Culture : a dictionary of exploring ideas in culture : music arts photos…

Julie Manet wrote her diary : a teen within poets ans painters in the 19th. Just adorable.

An old French intellectual wrote a little book about how all is a failure. Obviously I had to read it.

A little book about Kupka a forgotten painter.

A ferocious mess about how the world is crazy.

A “made in Belgium” book make by a great spirit I met. Could be translated like “Fuck it I dare!”. Self help… the French way.

Finishing Manet‘s biography. The first modern painter. An infinity of great ideas and patterns.

A hungry French clever book about everything.

A great (Belgian) portal about the greatest French philosopher of the century.

Thanks for reading!

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Books on a Bench : #serveyourself #đź“š

We have more and more “BoĂ®tes Ă  dons” (donations boxes) and other Books-Boxes in the city, but I prefer give mine on bus benches, or in parks. I let a note : “Free, serve yourself”.
Usually if I have to come back there (after errands for example) I see people exploring the pile or I see… nothing.
Have a good day!
JP

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Two Thinkers Letters & Friendship : #Gide & #ValĂ©ry

Some friendships don’t need any oath.

It’s just there.

These days I’m happy because I found the best thinker I could imagine.

Paul ValĂ©ry (1871-1945) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Val%C3%A9ry – a French poet, essayist and philosopher.

For me, he’s even stronger than Nietzsche!

In France, he’s known as a poet. That’s all…

Thus, I’m devouring his notebooks, his essays, his poetry : thousands of pages.

This guy is a genius! You can find his notebooks on the web. If you need seeds…

And, well, I read also books from AndrĂ© Gide (1869-1951) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Gide

Hence, I discovered they were friends.

I just ordered and got an almost 1000 pages book of their correspondence.

I was so glad to get it! As I was opening the box tonight, I thought : “Two of the best thinkers of their time!”…

…which I found on the back cover of the book :

“This friendship is a dream come true : two of the most gifted and most clever writers of their generation met at the beginning of their careers”.

A friendship.

Nothing, absolutely nothing (they were very different) could work loose or detach this friendship.

ValĂ©ry says it’s not about literature or common or complementary tastes. It was the faculty to follow each other, to instantly adapt, to guess each other with happiness…

In an article of Le Monde, the French newspaper, I found this :

“Leur dialogue de dandys supĂ©rieurs porte sur les moyens et la manière, jamais sur les principes et les fins”.

“Their dandy dialog is always about the means and the ways, never on the principles and the ends”.

Most of you will get it, right?

 

Well, that’s all, dear. I just wanted to share!

Thanks for reading!

Jean-Pascal

 

“…and nothing is more certain than an inclination which exist in itself, without any argument, without common feelings or ideas – like with no reason”.

P. Valéry

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