“Most new books are forgotten within a year, especially by those who borrow them.” Evan Esar (1899-1995)
While visiting my son in Sydney recently I was looking through his library. I didn’t examine every book but I’m sure he has several of my books on permanent loan, though I think he denied it.
But when we visit our daughter in Clare it is like coming home. Many of the books in “her ” library have my name in the front.
That’s okay – I have some of her books in my library.
And it saves me making some more bookshelves to house them!
I am not usually in the habit of quoting politicians, but I can make an exception for this one. This quote comes, amazingly, from former US President Ronald Reagan. I say, amazingly, because said politician was not known for erudite statements. This must be one of his more comprehensible statements.
“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)
Perhaps he had a ghost writer for this witticism.
Many writers will attest to the fact that there are few (monetary) rewards in being a writer. Perhaps one should disgrace oneself – then write a book about it.
Moral question: should one sell one’s soul – or do some disgraceful thing (which probably amounts to the same thing) for the purpose of getting material for a book? I think not.
- Â “Vigorous writing is concise.”
- William Strunk Jr in “The Elements of Style”, 1919.
- Â Enough said.
I’ve done quite a bit of puppeteering over the years. I began by helping out our puppet troupe at church by being a puppeteer. I thoroughly let myself go and loved putting on different voices and really acting out the part. I ended up taking over the leadership of the group. This involved writing most of the scripts, directing and producing as well as being a puppeteer.
One of the joys of being in puppeteering is the laughter and happiness one hears in the audience response. The children have always been my target audience and their delight is obvious. The best laughter, however, often comes from the adults – those who let themselves be children at heart again.
An interesting article on the joys and art of puppeteering can be found here.