What book are you reading right now? - Page 182
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I've just begun (this very night) my ambitious plan to read Robert Burton's 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' from cover to cover--I fully expect that this will take me at least sixth months on my current schedule to complete, if not longer! Still, even having never actually read it in its entirety, it's usually what I tell people my favorite book is, as you can open it up to any page and begin reading and quickly become bedazzled and completely entranced by what's on the page. If I had to reduce my entire library to only two or three books, this would without doubt be the one book I wouldn't even consider getting rid of--even Shakespeare, The Red Book, Homer, Moby Dick, The Tale of Genji, Ulysses, and The Collected Works of Borges would all disappear before The Anatomy.
I've always said the same kind of thing about James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, the ultimate "desert island book".
One of my favorite analyses of it is "Surfing on Finnegans Wake & Riding Range With Marshall McLuhan" by Terence McKenna and Marshall McLuhan...
I love Finnegan's Wake--but only if I have a partner to read out loud with. I find it loses something if you're not reading out loud. Someday I hope to actually read that one cover-to-cover as well... maybe after the Anatomy? Lol.
bah, everything can be fried
Every issue by the same writer/artist, for 20 years, quite the benchmark of excellence. This guy has done it all, raised kids, fought weidos, tackled the issues, stylistic experimentation, fun stuff, good times.
Very cool, I recommend Rurouni Kenshin, my fav. Kenshin is an inspiring dude.