“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ― Groucho Marx
I’ve always loved books. My dad recently showed my some sweet VHS footage from my 3rd birthday party, and it was remarkable. A curly haired little toddler lifted and pushed aside all the big boxes in search of any package that resembled the shape of a book. Little Me tore into each gift with excitement, then squealed with delight when a book was revealed. Six gifts in a row. Cards and clothes were thrown aside without care, but books were held close at hand.
My adult love of reading was re-kindled in a metal-roofed casita by a river in Central America. My wife and I had just finished our first documentary, and we were totally burnt out. We had traveled to Costa Rica to volunteer at an organic horse ranch, but ended up house-sitting for a neighbor in need. For an entire month, we enjoyed stillness and silence… sabbatical. On our first night in the river hut, I discovered a bookcase, shaped much like the wardrobe in The Chronicles of Narnia. In the cool evenings and the blazing hot days, I read and read and read. 10 books in one month.
The discipline and practice and habit and pleasure of reading never left me.
Over the past four years, I’ve read approximately 50 books per year. Some of them have been absolutely life-changing. Others have been straight-up terrible. Some have made me laugh, others have made me weep. Some have lifted me to a higher life, others have plunged me into dark nights of the soul. All of them have taught me in some way, connected me to the author, revealed something about life and the human condition. I love reading, and I want to share that love with you.
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