Archive for January 1st, 2008

HowTo: Read beyond your level

January 1, 2008

Going beyond one’s level is the stuff of poetry: here is James Elroy Flecker, for example,

We are the Pilgrims, master; we shall go
Always a little further; it may be
Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
Across that angry or glimmering sea …

or, as Browning put it more famously,

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

And, when I see links How to read beyond your level (Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution), it sounds equally poetic to me; nor is the post linked to is any less poetic; Ryan Holiday gives several tips: the sub-headings of his post read as follows:

  • Before the first page: Break out of the school mindset, ruin the ending, read the reviews.
  • The book itself: Read the intro, look it up, post it highlighters, flip through it again
  • After you finish: Type out the important quotes and passages, read one book from every bibliography, Connect, apply, use.

Of course, Holiday’s tips are not exhaustive; I would certainly add “revisit” to the list; as I mentioned in these pages earlier, the first time I read P G Wodehouse, it did not make much sense to me; nor did Virginia Woolf. But revisiting these authors after several years, they are now among my favourite authors.

In any case, a must-read post which will warm the heart of any lover of books and reading. Take a look–and, don’t miss the comments.

Happy New Year from the Windy city!

January 1, 2008
Chicago Skyline

Last year, my New Year greetings carried the Chicago Skyline as reflected in the Cloud Gate. So, this time I want to give a day time view of Lake Michigan and the city skyline as seen from the walk way near Fields museum.

Happy and prosperous 2008 from Windy City to you all!