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I wish I had more time to read and I wish I had more time to reread. I often discover and remember more if I read a book twice. Stephen Marche takes this to a new level, called centireading, reading the same book 100 times:
“I have read two books more than a 100 times, for different motives and with different consequences. Hamlet I read a 100 times for my dissertation, The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse a 100 times for comfort. The experience is distinct from all other kinds of reading. I’m calling it centireading.”
“Centireading belongs to the extreme of reader experience, the ultramarathon of the bookish, but it’s not that uncommon. To a certain type of reader, exposure at the right moment to Anne of Green Gables or Pride and Prejudice or Sherlock Holmes or Dune can almost guarantee centireading.”
I am intrigued by this idea, if I had the time, I would like to try it. But I wonder what book I would choose? My first thought would be Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. I also wonder if there is a non-fiction book, such as some work of philosophy, that might be worth this kind of intense rereading.
“In 2014, the American Booksellers Association welcomed 59 indie bookstores that opened in 25 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the largest number of new stores joining ABA in a single year since the start of the Great Recession in 2008.”
Here is a video about my favorite independent bookstore MacBack’s in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland Heights.
Some months ago I received an email from comedian Shane Mauss, asking if I would like to be interviewed for a new podcast project he was working on. Mauss is creating a series of podcast interviews with scientists titled Here We Are.