Too Many Books?
Do you find the temptation to begin reading yet another book irresistible, even though you're reading 25 or 30 of them already? Join the club.
There's a charming essay in today's NY Times by Joe Queenan in which he addresses this very probem. If it really is a problem.
Says Queenan: "Starting books always makes me feel that a long-awaited voyage has already begun; that while it may take five years to finish Boswell’s Life of Johnson or Remembrance of Things Past, these are no longer dimly envisioned projects like learning to play the accordion or fly a helicopter, but in some way a real part of my life. Other people say, 'One of these days, I’m finally going to get to Ulysses.' Well, I’ve already gotten to Ulysses. I’ve been getting to Ulysses for the past 25 years."
"Why I Can't Stop Starting Books" made me laugh. Check it out.