2007: 93. The Polysyllabic Spree

“So this is supposed to be about the how, and when, and why, and what of reading - about the way that, when reading is going well, one book leads to another and to another, a paper trail of theme and meaning; and how, when it’s going badly, when books don’t stick or take, when your mood and the mood of the book are fighting like cats, you’d rather do anything but attempt the next paragraph, or reread the last one for the tenth time.”

The Polysyllabic Spree, Nick Hornby

How could I not enjoy this collection of pieces from The Believer magazine.  Doesn’t that sentence quoted above expressly capture the point and purpose of this blog?? The fact that Hornby did what I do, but on the professional level, and written by a damn fine writer? I tore through this (and the second collection, which is coming next!).  I also was able to capture about twenty books for my to-read list, which was great, but what was best about this book, like Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris, is that it captures what its like to be a readaholic - to have your hobby actually be reading.  Which always looks so lame on a resume, but is legitimately my hobby, you know!


Recommended for: Readers, who like to read about other readers, and what they read; people who appreciated clever writing about how great books are


Date/Place Completed: 6/28/07; D.C.

Categories: Non-Fiction; Criticism

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017