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Alain de Botton on books and reading

“Heartache may be bad for the soul, but it’s great for bookshops. It’s when we are at our lowest romantic ebb that we are likely to do the bulk of our life’s reading. Adolescents who can’t get a date are in a uniquely privileged position: they will have the perfect chance to get grounding in world literature. There is perhaps an important connection between love and reading, there is perhaps a comparable pleasure offered by both.

A feeling of connection may be at the root of it. There are books that speak to us, no less eloquently—but more reliably—than our lovers. They prevent the morose suspicion that we do not fully belong to the human species, that we lie beyond comprehension. Our embarrassments, our sulks, our feelings of guilt, these phenomena may be conveyed on a page in a way that affords us with a sense self-recognition. The author has located words to depict a situation we thought ourselves alone in feeling, and for a few moments, we are like two lovers on an early dinner date thrilled to discover how much they share (and unable to touch much of the seafood linguine in front of them, so busy are they fathoming the eyes opposite), we may place the book down for a second and stare at its spine with a wry smile, as if to say, “How lucky I ran into you.”
― Alain de Botton

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I wonder

I wonder

– how can people hear something that has been told to them in a very low voice over the phone?

– why people never come to meetings on time. And the one day I deliberatly go late, people will arrive on time and look at me in frustration…annoyance?

– why people cannot speak or collaborate freely. Sharing information and helping each other out?

– how do companies make money even when people work less that what is expected of them?

– why is it that whenever I try to watch Seinfeld on the TV somebody will call?

– why is it that when you pay an insincere compliment to someone, someone does it to you? That is why I am afraid of compliments.

– why is it that when you sketch during meetings, people just assume that you are dead bored and you haven’t understood anything, whereas I have listened to and understood every single word that was being spoken?

– what to do: bump the head against the wall or trample the person who says ” Oh after so much explanation it is finally clear to you” just when the boss walks by and when infact I should be saying these words to the moron. – why people like to get things complex and then keep simplifying them. Why not design that system to be simple right in the beginning!

– why people eat mushrooms?

– why waiters (food helpers/ servers / whatever they call them these days) in restaurants look down upon you when you speak to them in Hindi and then they will reply in some language which might bear semblance to English?

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Words I love series continued: fairy cabbages ho’oponopono sweet cadence agility remembrance wizened intrigue film noir heartburn pure water natural sense and simplicity

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Just heard this on the radio: Man who runs behind a car
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gets tired…..Fun Ki Nayee Bhasha

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“You feed him, he’ll never leave.”

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