Virginia Woolf’s Nine Tips on How To Read a Book [Ninth]

virginia woolf a writer's life quote over photoVirginia Woolf’s Nine Tips on How To Read a Book

“If behind the erratic gunfire of the press the author felt that there was another kind of criticism, the opinion of people reading for the love of reading, slowly and unprofessionally, and judging with great sympathy and yet with great severity, might this improve the quality of his work?

Reading is not a means to some intellectual end, but an intellectual and creative reward in itself.

I have sometimes dreamt, at least, that when the Day of Judgment dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards — their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble — the Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain envy when He sees us coming with our books under our arms, ‘Look, those need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading.’”

7 thoughts on “Virginia Woolf’s Nine Tips on How To Read a Book [Ninth]

    • Reading is a journey to places unknown. An adventure. A way to learn and expand one’s way of seeing. Opening up the mind to exploration and understanding. A way to know one’s self and others. Learning how to do something one couldn’t do before, Becoming a new person inside. Pleasure. Being creative in the mind or other parts of the self.

      I love your quote. I would steal it for a heading on the secret keeper but I wouldn’t do that.

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    • Curious observations on critics. Some may miss the party but going deeper into understanding, isn’t that learning through examination. I don’t believe in tearing something apart except maybe the repubs running for president need close examination and analysis. It does get one worked up into a frenzy. Too much material. I am a film reviewer. Maybe that is being different than a critic. I use my reviews to entice people to want to see a film. Unless there is a film overrated. I have only done that once. It was nominated for an Oscar and the lead actor won. But I was disappointed. I felt they missed the whole point and I wanted more of an ingredient they almost completely left out. If added it would have made the film brilliant. I have to go for a few moments. Would love to continue this thought discussion. Bare with me.

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    • It is creating a discussion of observance. When one went to the theatre, once the film or play was over, as you walked out with your companion, either their was silence, or comments were being discussed. When I critique, I am trying to express my response to what I watched. I pick a film I feel should be seen. In my review, I try to entice the reader of my review to give the film a try. I do not do spoilers but I try to create the flavor of the film. I often do short films with a story. One I feel is exceptional. I present a variety of films to choose from, thereby giving everyone the opportunity of enjoying what I want to share. Most of the films I choose have an inner meaning I want to open to the viewer’s sensibilities. Always seeking a social or philosophical commentary. I do show films for the enjoyment only with no hidden message, just a beautiful quality of a creative filmmaker. The films I choose are either feature films or short films. The features, the reader has to find themselves, and for the short film I do a Film View where the reader may watch on site of the review. You have seen the short films I have shown on the secret keeper. Now I do it more on Expats. It’s my way of spreading the word of what quality films, short or long, are out there and I feel people would love them if they gave them a chance.

      That is the critic in me. I want people to see the good but more the great films available for enjoyment and enlightenment.

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