Captain’s Log 4,448
I have all the books. Now, I just need the boat.
I’ve always been one of those people who can read anywhere, and I always have reading material with me at all times. Just in case I get stranded somewhere. I don’t understand people who don’t read. When I sit down in an airport and watch people just sitting there, I wonder about them. I also wonder about people who just sit on a plane. I know it isn’t my place to judge, but I cannot help but wonder how they can do that. They must have deep inner lives that defy explanation.
I grew up surrounded by readers. My grandmother, mother, and sister were all bookworms. It’s what we did. My mom brought home The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck when I was about nine years old. I read it when she wasn’t looking. I should say….I tried to read it. It was the first grown-up book I ever tackled. I read The Grapes of Wrath a few years later and was so smitten with the story that I cried for days. That is the book that changed my life. I became a filthy liberal hippie because of that book – and the discovery of Woody Guthrie several years later.
And that was the beginning of my social activism. I learned about the world through books. Books can take you anywhere. Just over the weekend, books took me to Japan during WWII, to east Texas during the Depression, into the realm of Parkinson’s Disease with Michael J. Fox, and into Oval Office with an advance reader’s copy of my friend’s third novel. None of that would have happened if I didn’t read.
Now, I have a Kindle. It does not replace books at all, but it is an incredible way to store and transport books in a simple and uncomplicated way. Plus, with all the free promotions, I am discovering really good writers I would have missed if I didn’t have this wonderful new toy. I have enough stored on my Kindle now to last me an entire year. Just in case traditional publishing stops forever, all the bookstores close, and libraries fall into the center of the earth. Just in case.
Obviously, the people who come here are readers. Many are also writers. It’s hard to be a writer if you don’t read. That’s like trying to be a good cook if you don’t eat. It’s impossible. You must live what you know and be what you live. Feel free to quote me on that.