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April 23, 2012

Reading to Go

As a guest in homes of strangers, I have discovered bathroom libraries that took my breath away
by their size and intellectual pretensions. It was unclear to me whether Plato’s dialogues in original Greek, together with Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel were there to impress the visitor, or in the case of another fellow who had a pile of memoirs by ex-presidents going back to Reagan, to make him laugh. I can’t say that I’ve encountered a whole lot of poetry in bathrooms, even in the homes of poets, though I’ve come across many an anthology. Would reading one of Hamlet’s soliloquies or John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” in such a setting be unbecoming? -- The Bathroom Muse by Charles Simic | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 23, 2012 7:55 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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We have The Quotable Sherlock Holmes and Rules of the Internet in our bathroom, just in case.

Posted by: Jewel at April 23, 2012 9:01 PM

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