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    I'm an omnivore myself.  Now reading a memoir of a girl growing up during the Cultural Revolution, read a novel about Cambodia before that, Pride and Prejudice before that, a book of absurdist short stories by an Israeli writer before that...

    It is difficult for me to get past bad writing, but if the story is entertaining enough, I can manage.  I read a bunch of Alex Cross novels by Patterson, because I liked the character (and I believe in cleansing the "palate" from time to time with what I call "bubblegum".)

    It helps that I buy most of my books used.  I feel less of a compunction to worry about buying the perfect book, if I'm paying two bucks or less for it.  That has led me to read books I would never have read otherwise.  A couple of disparate examples:

    Platero and I:  written by a Nobel award winning Spanish author before WWI, it offers vignettes of life in a small village in Andalusia.  Picked it up and put it down a couple of times, but eventually said "what the hell" and plunked down fifty cents.  Wonderful read.

    {For the life of me, I can't remember the name}.  PIcked up a book, several years ago, which had been written by a leader of the political Christian right.  Talked about how and why the right had moved tactically to the local level, and built from below.  Explained to me how they had succeeded, and pushed me to move in that direction myself.  I was not the target audience for this book, which was likely only sold in Christian bookstores.

    I will be buying a car soon; Zipcar is becoming less cost-effective for me.  I will miss the two hours every day spent commuting on the train.  A car will knock an hour off my commute.  I hope I use that hour to read.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed May 01, 2013 at 05:25:36 AM PDT

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