Monday, June 05, 2006

A life in books, or not, again

While Prufrock measured out his life in coffee spoons, I use World Cups.

The other day, I mentioned that I couldn't associate events in my life with books I was reading at the time. But thinking of the World Cup reminds me that after Batistuta scored that penalty against England in 1998, I switched the TV off and read Sebald's The Rings of Saturn instead, thus missing Michael Owen's goal. But I don't remember anything of the novel.


  1. I've had a couple of comments from people saying they just don't associate life events with reading, or vice versa. So I'm coming to the conclusion that there are two types of concentration, one porous, the other exclusionary, and the world is perhaps divided into two camps as with left- and right-handers. Mind you, I read a Sebald novel once and don't remember much of it either.

  2. That was my second reading of The Rings of Saturn. I love Sebald's novels. It's just that I wasn't concentrating.

  3. Anonymous12:32 pm

    It means you have a full life, once books slip away into the ether.But usually they come back again at some point or t'other.



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