Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life by Michael Dirda

By Michael Dirda

A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic’s frequently miraculous meditation on these locations the place existence and books intersect and what could be discovered from both

Once out of faculty, such a lot people learn for pleasure.Yet there's one other both vital, even though usually neglected, cause that we learn: to profit easy methods to stay. even though books have consistently been understood as life-teachers, the precise method during which they educate, cajole, and persuade continues to be a topic of a few secret. Drawing on resources as diversified as Dr. Seuss and Simone Weil, P. G. Wodehouse and Isaiah Berlin, Pulitzer prize–winning critic Michael Dirda exhibits how the wit, knowledge, and attraction of the written note can tell and improve approximately each element of existence, from schooling and paintings to like and death.

Organized by means of major existence occasions and abounding with quotations from nice writers and thinkers, Book by means of Book showcases Dirda’s significant wisdom, which he wears evenly. Favoring displaying instead of telling, Dirda attracts the reader deeper into the classics, in addition to lesser-known works of literature, background, and philosophy, consistently with an eye fixed to what's correct to how we'd larger comprehend our lives.

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I don’t think they were worrying about their schedule or about the past or the future. I think they just enjoyed being together and eating well. We can eat like that too. A47B The Value of a Meal We should reflect deeply on what we buy and what we eat. What we buy and eat can contribute to climate change or it can help stop it. Eating is a chance to nourish our bodies and know that we are not destroying the Earth by doing so. The value of a meal is not just determined by the amount of money we’ve spent on the ingredients or on a meal at a restaurant.

The place and the food should be appropriate. What we eat is very important. Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Tell me where you eat, and I will tell you who you are. We are what we consume. If we look deeply into what and how much we consume every day, we’ll come to know our own nature very well. We have to eat, drink, and consume, but if we do it unmindfully, we may destroy our body and our consciousness. A meal is an opportunity to show gratitude to those that came before us and those that will come after we are gone.

Eating with appreciation of our own bodies, we eat with more relaxation and joy. A52B The Right Amount When we take a moment to sit and breathe before we eat, we can get in touch with the real hunger in our body. We can discover if we’re eating because we’re hungry or if we’re eating because it’s the time to eat and the food is there. If we’re paying attention and taking our time, we also know how much to eat. Mindfulness is recognizing what is there in the present moment. What is there is the fact that you are still alive and your health is still there.

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