Tuesday, March 15, 2016

books - what I'm reading right now

Right now I'm reading this:


http://www.europaeditions.com/book/9781933372716/a-day-in-the-life-of-ancient-rome

It's interesting. There are lots of things in it I didn't know before. For instance, Angela informs the reader that in Roman times. all reading was done aloud, even when you were on your own. That silent reading didn't occur until much later, in convents, when silent reading was introduced so as to not disturb the prayers and meditations of others.

Could this really be true I still wonder? The nature of writing and reading is so often about words that are better kept silent - or secret? WHERE IS MY TIME TRAVELING MACHINE FOR FACT CHECKING THIS?????

Also reading - or rather listening - to this:

This book is itself like a time machine. It feels so authentic, I don't know if I've ever read another book that's made me feel like I'm really there like a fly on the wall in the room, here shared by Lämmchen and Hannes.


And yes, like everyone else, am reading Elena Ferrante, but am reading so slowly. It is magnetic in its way but dense like truffle. I can only take a little piece at a time.

3 comments:

  1. I love Little Man, What Now? SO SO much. Go for Every Man Dies Alone next. It's beyond. Beyond.

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    1. I love it too. Will take your advice for sure.

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  2. It seems to be true that reading was done aloud because all the manuscripts were written in scriptura continua, without spaces between words and it's easier for the brain to break the script into words by reading out loud. I want to read that book too.

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