Books read March 2015
20.00, Tuesday 31 Mar 2015 Link to this post
By date finished…
- The Jeeves Omnibus - Vol. 1, P. G. Wodehouse (5th)
- The Past Through Tomorrow, Robert A. Heinlein (9th)
- Why Look at Animals?, John Berger (15th)
- Neverness, David Zindell (21st)
- The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, Shumon Baser, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist (22nd)
- Encounters with the Archdruid, John McPhee (25th)
- The Inventions of Daedalus: A Compendium of Plausible Schemes, David E. H. Jones (31st)
Some lines that stuck with me from Berger:
The animal scrutinizes him across a narrow abyss of non-comprehension.
an animal’s life, never to be confused with a man’s, can be seen to run parallel to his. Only in death do the two parallel lines converge and after death, perhaps, cross over to become parallel again
As I say, I’m no scientist, but I have the impression that scientists today, when dealing with phenomena whose time or spatial scale is either immense or very small … are on the point of breaking through space-time to discover another axis on which events may be strung
Some lines that got me in McPhee, the first about the Colorado river, the second on Lake Powell:
he quoted Edith Warner: “‘This is a day when life and the world seem to be standing still – only time and the river flowing past the mesas.’“
The Utah canyonland had been severed halfway up by a blue geometric plane, creating a waterscape of interrupted shapes, spectacularly unnatural, spectacularly beautiful.
I can’t help myself but point my finger at these conjunctions. Narrow Abyss. Discover Another Axis. Interrupted Shapes.