The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

The Gravity of Book Stores

Posted by Deliverator on October 27th, 2005

My mind has been a little more addled then usual, lately, so I sought out some clear thinkers at Bailey Coy books this evening. I picked up “The Mismeasure of Man” by Stephen Jay Gould, Oliver Sacks’ “Oaxaca Journal” and “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck. I read Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley on my recent trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. A number of his books were required reading in HS. I enjoyed them at the time, but would have enjoyed them more had they not been required. I am of the strong belief that education is much more effective when it is a guided, but self-directed process of discovery and exploration and not just a literary canon to be forced down the throats of each generation by the last – in retribution for the same treatment having been applied to them…

Although I know it doesn’t suit my mind’s present need for clarity, I also picked up “The Electric Kool-Air Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe. Alex has recommended it to me on a number of occasions, and if I don’t read it, I fear he may do so in the future. Alex and I are both voracious readers and know well each other’s prefered tastes. Our tastes have a large intersection, but we each sample from far outside our comfort zone from time to time. Doing so from time to time has a wonderful way of exposing one to all that the world has to offer while simultaneously making one more appreciative of the comforts of home.

My dad and I may take a weekend roar trip to Ashland, OR in a few weeks to coincide with my mother’s visit to my brother in Cleveland. Books are getting knocked off their shelves with increasing regularity, but I find it very difficult to pass through Oregon without stopping at Powell’s City of Books. I can seldom pass a book store without going in, and I can seldom go in without coming out with a basket full of books. Powell’s is like a black hole for me. I have killed whole days inside. God, I hate being a book addict sometimes…