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Saturday, January 25, 2003


I was paging through some Arthur Schopenhauer, a brilliant, cantankerous, whoring son of this city. He wrote:

The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. � A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.

Of course, Schopenhauer would say that; he couldn�t give his books away. Still, the idea is sound, especially in this medium. On vacation, I will take a few books of poems and essays that never made much commotion. But probably no Schopenhauer. For life is short.


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