读过 By the Book
By Walter Mosley
A good mystery has to be a good novel, and any good novel takes us on a journey where we discover, on many levels, truths about ourselves and our world in ways that are, at the same time, unexpected and familiar.
Science and regligion, capitalism and socialism, caste and character are all on the auction block. The waters are rising while we are dreaming of dancing with the stars. We call ourselves social creatures when indeed we are pack animals. We, many of us, say that we are middle class when in reality we are salt-of-the-earth working-class drones existing at the whim of systems that distribute our life's blood as so much spare change. These subjects can be addressed in fiction or plays, even in poetry, but now and again the plain talk of nonfiction is preferred.
I find books in used-book stores, chain and independent stores, on freinds' shelves, and being read by some woman sitting opposite me on the subway. I find books the way a cow finds a new pasture, by looking to see where the other cows are headed.
i find books on the Internet and in overheard conversations at restaurants. And, more and more, I find books in my memory; an author's name that some professor (whose name I have now forgotten) mentioned in a seminar, the topic of which I no longer remember. I remember the writer's name and sometimes later a title comes to mind. After a few days I connect the author's name and the title. It's a small step from there to reading happily on the Staten Island Ferry. 引自第176页
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