Loving and lurking in libraries

You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.

Ray Bradbury

There’s an urgency in this quote and I love it. I’m happy to lurk in libraries and climb library stacks, though I can’t say I’ve done much of either in the past decade.

It reminds me of the bucket list concept. If I had one, visiting ancient libraries around the globe would be on there.

I have beautiful memories of country town libraries from childhood. I’d be crouched on worn carpet or sitting in light-filled corners, surrounded by a sea of book spines and hoping to find that one book that was meant for me, that would change my young life.

We could all do with the occasional lurking in libraries.

Demian: I live in my dreams

I live in my dreams – that’s what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That’s the difference.

Hermann Hesse, Demian

Demian

I read this book when I was a teenager while everyone around me with any sort of literary street cred was reading ‘The Catcher in the Rye‘. The story and style of Demian appealed to my senses so much more. I’d hate to re-read it though, in case the memory is shattered.

This quote appeared today as I flicked through my newly received first issue of ‘Australian Womankind’ magazine (another thought provoking must-read). Perhaps it’s a sign that I should be daring and retrieve the worn copy of Demian from my bookshelf.