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  •  "Keeping an open mind takes work, I believe. . . (11+ / 0-)

    It is too easy to just read books that I approve of and never crank up the decision making part of my mind.  I used to tell my students many, many years ago that I read a wide variety of things so that I could see what differences of opinion were out there and be informed."

    Firstly, this is so true. Yes, we sometimes feel like reading a comfortable book, just as we sometimes feel like eating a bowl of cereal for dinner. But it is so healthy to keep stretching occasionally, to read things because they are somewhat challenging or off our beaten path.

    A very thoughtful, skillful author can give you enough things you find familiar in their book, that the new, strange, difficult parts are easier to manage, so they don't overwhelm you. I do like ambition and originality in an artist: any author who writes the same book again and again gets old. But, if you come up with a formula which is large and flexible enough, you can cover similar territory and yet keep it fresh with differences and surprises.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:48:24 PM PDT

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