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poor memory

Today while I was helping at the Friends of the Library Used Books Sale I got to talking to a young fellow about books. The young fellow was looking at a two volume set of the stories to W. Somerset Maugham which I think I have someplace in our library. My memory fails me at the moment. The fellow was carrying his leather bound journal and a hardback edition of the novel "War and Peace" by Tolstoy. The young fellow said to he believed the novel, "War and Peace" to be the greatest novel ever written. I told him I had never read "War and Peace". I might have tried once upon a time.

The young fellow and I stood for a long time talking about books and writing. I noticed in talking to this young fellow (he told me he was 22 years old) how many books I had not read. I really have not read that many books. For example I have never read the plays of Shakespeare. I told the fellow to me the greatest work ever written (not including the Bible) was "The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross". To me a book has to help me attain union with God. I need spiritual guidance and St. John of the Cross has always blessed me in all the 45 years I have been a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In talking to this fellow (his name was Justin, who described himself as an Intellectual, a Writer, and a Philosopher) I could not remember books I was currently reading. My memory failed me. I was able to remember that I was reading the book "The Novel: A Biography" by Michael Schmidt. I mentioned I was reading a novel by Siri Hustvedt titled, "The Summer Without Men". I also mentioned Iain Sinclair and Will Self Psychogeography. I told Justin I just finished reading THE DARK NIGHT by St. John of the Cross. I am almost finish reading a travel memoir by Larry McMurtry titled, "Paradise". I did mention to Justin I was reading a biography on the life of the British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch. I failed to mention to him that I was reading a book titled, "The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, And The Unmaking Of The American Dream" by Chris Lehmann.

Justin told me his goal was to get a Ph.D. in the writings of David Foster Wallace. We talked a little about David Foster Wallace. We could have talked all day I suppose but I had to eat lunch and depart for home. Justin said he might stop by some Saturday when I am at the book nook from 10 AM to 1 PM. I told him about my blog Crookedfingers in LiveJournal. We both write all the time.

Well, the evening goes by. I will close to sit in silence. I need to rest my brain.

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