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


An excerpt from the December 15th Newscan Daily ( 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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