- With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
Edgar Allen Poe.
I often wonder what kind of, if any at all, legacy I will leave behind. Milan Kundera, a wonderful writer, talked about this in his book "Immortality". He touched on many topics throughout the story and I felt that the discussions between Hemingway and Goethe were fabulous. I found this quote:
Hemingway:"Instead of reading my books, they're writing books about me, That's immortality,"
Goethe: "Immortality means eternal trial."
Now eternal trial just might not be what most people expect from fame. They don't expect it in their day to day existence either, but that's pretty much what we get from the first gurgling cry to the final whisper.
I am trying to find a book that will keep me occupied on the flight from Lilliput to Brobdingnag.
Aside from the usual assortment of toys, paperwork, half finished lesson plans and reference books I have added a selection of stories I thought I might want to read again. Immortality was one. Lord Jim, Nine Stories, Mr. Vertigo and Stranger in a Strange Land were others. All of these stories give me great pleasure and I never tire of re-reading them for they change with each reading and become all the more precious to me.
You got any stories that do that for you?
What do you look for in a book to keep you occupied?
Now that I think of it, I don't really want to take these stories on the road.
Maybe you can suggest something different.
I'll be leaving on Thursday morning so I will try and squeeze in a little toodaloo before I take off.