Tuesday, March 18, 2014

People's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. 

You know, I think if I didn't have that fuel, if I didn't have these memory drawers inside me, I would've snapped a long time ago. I would've curled up in a ditch somewhere and died. It's because I can pull the memories out of the drawers when I have to—the important ones and the useless ones—that I can go on living this nightmare of a life. I might think I can't take it any more, that I can't go on any more, but one way or another I get past that. 

~Haruki Murakami, After Dark, 2004

Monday, March 17, 2014

It’s not the books but the words and the stories

Monday, March 17, 2014

It’s been almost a year since I last purchased a book.   Ever since I bought a tablet, which I mostly use as an ebook reader, I have ceased buying print books. With the proliferation of free digital books, I was able to read the digital versions of the books that I’ve been dying to get hold of for years.  It would be better if I could own hardbound copies of all the books that I’d like to read, but I live in a country where books are prohibitively expensive; it makes more sense to read a free digital book than to buy it in its printed form.

It’s not really the books that I love but the words and the stories they contain.
 
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