By Alan A. Block (auth.)
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23 pages with my carelessness, and they have often served as loyal valets and wiped my face when I was too untidy. These intimates have entered the cloistered spaces into which even my children have no access; they have suffered without complaint the stench of my ordure and enjoyed the sweeter smells of my private fragrances. The books have kept the splatter from my desktops and my lap, and screened my face from the muck and mire of the world; they have sometimes even borne the blows aimed at me.
The more mundane issues do not so soon become the Why Read the Book? 43 subject of public discourse: where is the code that determines the bedtimes routines that ought to function in my household? Where are the rules to establish on which nights to require baths, or how large a “no, thank you” portion must be to be counted as such? Nonetheless, I want immediately to find some commentary to help me on my muddled way. Much commentary, I think, must be written about these practices, though often the code on which it is a comment remains unspoken.
Many of the travellers I have spoken concerning them, describing their tracks and what calls they answered to. I have met one or two who had heard the hound and the tramp of the horse, and even seen the dove disappear behind a cloud, and they seemed as anxious to recover them as if they had lost them themselves. Why Read the Book? 33 We read out from our lives, and then from the books we return inevitably changed to those lives. Though our Desire is no more known, it is yet more visible. For me, reading has been an unquestioned but questioning compulsion throughout my life.
The Classroom: Encounter and Engagement by Alan A. Block (auth.)