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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 52, December 17, 2000, Article 11

OUT-OF-THE-BOOK THINKING 

   An excerpt from the December 15th Newscan Daily 
   (http://www.newsscan.com/) provides food for thought 
   for bibliophiles: 

   Do you have a reverence for books? Noted essayist Joseph 
   Epstein writes in The Weekly Standard: 

   "Fine things books, but perhaps the moment has come to stop 
   taking them so seriously.  Who was it said that people who are 
   always reading never discover anything?  I'm not sure if that is 
   true, but I do know that reading and thinking are not necessarily 
   the same thing. Sometimes reading supplies the most cunning 
   of all means of avoiding thought.  It would be good once in 
   awhile to try thinking without the stimulus of books, to become 
   not an out  of-the-box -- never, please, that -- but at least an 
   out-of-the-book thinker.  Books may furnish a room, but there 
   surely are other things quite as suitable for furnishing a mind. 
   Time, I think, for me to attempt to find out what these might be." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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