August 19th, 2004


An uncomfortable entry to make.

Today was not a good day. That's not to say it was bad, but it definitely was not good. Some good did happen, though. I spent a good deal of time flicking through books in the library - I am outraged they have NOTHING by G. K. Chesterton (not even Orthodoxy!) - and I have resolved that I need more books. Urgently. Everything from the ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato through to modern legends like C. S. Lewis, and I am desperate for a copy of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I also need the money to afford all these books and the time to read them in. I think I shall read some online to save money, but I far prefer the printed word - I sometimes find it very hard to read something on computer and take in the full depth of the literature, and there's nothing like possessing, holding, reading, and truly absorbing a book anyway. I'm also interested in reading literature from the time of Shakespeare, so go ahead and recommend some of his contemporaries to me.

The one thing that annoys me is that so many of these books I want were not originally written in English, and I would LOVE to read them in the language they were intended to be read in. I am determined to learn Latin and Greek, but that still doesn't cover everything. Russian would be another good language to learn, so I can read Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, and Solzhenitsyn, amongst others. Can't forget Arabic for the Koran. So there you go, my mission in life is to learn Latin, Greek, Russian, and Arabic sufficiently well enough to allow me to fully comprehend the classic examples of literature written in each.

OK, I'll cut the crap. Collapse )

I want to run, I want to hide,
I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside
I want to reach out and touch the flame
Where the streets have no name ...
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