elfinblaze: (WM Spears Write Hard Die Free)
"The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has reached out and taken yours."
- Alan Bennett, The History Boys.

I was reminded of that quote just now while reading [livejournal.com profile] docbrite's LJ.

"When we're warned of pride, I don't think this means it is a sin to be proud of who you are and what you've accomplished. I think it's a warning against arrogance, against forgetting the people and principles you are responsible to."

And yeah, I got that moment, that moment of: that's it exactly! That's what I've been trying to articulate for years, and here's someone else putting it into the perfect words for me! That's exactly what I feel and believe.
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter)
I feel like I've been productive today. Went to the bank, finally got my birthday money exchanged (my family send my Euros over from Germany), and I have in my hands my newest books, because when I walk into a shopping centre I inevitably walk out with books or new knee-socks.

In my endevour to collect more Tanya Huff works, I now have Of Darkness, Light, and Fire, and I also found a copy of Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. Anyone who knows me should know how much both those mean to me.

I've started reading The History Boys, but after two hours I'm still not through the introduction because I keep getting distracted by interesting thoughts, so I need to put the book down and think about the ideas the writing gives me: thoughts on education, my own school life, story ideas for my own fiction, my own university experience. Does anyone else do this? You read something and because you're so into it, you have to keep putting it down to think about it? Because I read on public transport, and I often find myself gazing out the window instead of reading because whatever I've read has spawned some other thought in my mind. I never see other people doing that.

Anyway, I have a lot of good stuff to read now. ^_^

ETA 1½ hours later: Have I mentioned that that French scene in the play is my favourite scene? It cracks me up every time.

Hector: L'Anglais, c'est interdit. Ici on ne parle que français, en accordant une importance particulière au subjonctif.
Headmaster: Oh, ah. Et qu'est ce-que ce passe ici? Pourquoi cet garçon... Dakin, isn't it? ... est sans ses... trousers?

*sniggering goes back to reading*

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