December 19, 2006

Update: A Dog Year

I few days back I responded to the Page 123 Book Tag from BSB with a A Dog Year by Jon Katz . This story is actually a sequel to his book Running to the Mountain: A Midlife Adventure about a guy going through a mid-life crisis and seeking some solitude. I read this at a point in my life when I was going through similar trials.
The book pictured on the left is the next one about Jon and his Border Collies. I will be reading this, and his The Dogs Of Bedlam Farms very soon. The book tag renewed my interest in this author.

I happened on a story about the author on the CNN website, and how it was going to be made into a movie, starring Jeff Bridges, to be released 2007. It is actually in post-production right now.

Then I find out Jeff is also going to star in The Giver, another wonderful book I read a long time ago, high school I think. It's about a superficial society where the pain of the real world is blocked out by the leaders of the society, similar to Brave New World. I think I'm going to have to find a copy of The Giver and reread it.

One commenter noted on my book tag "At some point in time you have to stop reading books and start thinking for yourself" and attributed this quote to Albert Einstein. I agree that Einstein was very wise. I researched Einstein Quotes on several sites and couldn't find anything he ever said anything like that, but that doesn't mean he didn't say it. I know a lot of great Einstein quotes, it doesn't make you wise, it means you can copy and state what he said.

Books are only a media on which to communicate ideas, much like the Internet is today. If you believe and follow everything that is written, books or any other media, you will be mislead most of the time. All ideas must be analyzed and considered with critical thinking and from a skeptical perspective. The media on which the ideas are presented does not matter. It is the human mind's use of these ideas that does matter.



angry ballerina said...


Anonymous said...

Your book choices sound wonderful.
And Einstein said: "Dubya sucks."
Well, prove he didn't.

supergirlest said...

call me crazy - but i think that books do help one to think for oneself - given the groundwork is there to think...

i've read a ton of einstein quotes over the years, and never have i seen that one.

curious about the giver book! off to look it up!

supergirlest said...

oh, yeah! i've linked you - groovy?

Pam said...

I, too, think that a good book stimulates thinking for oneself. Just think about the differences in say the history books we read in school and "The People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. When one is exposed to both views of history, which are often the polar opposites of each other, one must flex the critical thinking muscles!!

I've always like Jeff Bridges. I hope the movies do the books justice. I may have to add that midlife crisis book to my reading list ;-).

pissed off patricia said...

Books play such a large part in my life and after the holidays, I'm going to do my best to do the meme thing.

Mary said...

My son is reading the Giver right now in school. They all did at some point. I used to work the bookfair at school and once had a teacher come in and ask me to take it off the shelf. She didn't think it appropriate. Yeah right lady.

Anonymous said...

I was going to get my students to read "The Giver" but at the moment, I'm working with younger students. Good to know that it's a good book.. ;-) Maybe one day..

I have received a dog book today.. my friend Annick gave it to me to read on my trip. Have you read "Marley & Me" by John Grogan?

Hope you had a good day!

Bonne nuit!


BBC said...

Yup, you read too much. Of the wrong kind of books.

Try thinking for yourself for a change. Or you will always be a raging roadrunner.


BBC said...

"I know a lot of great Einstein quotes, it doesn't make you wise, it means you can copy and state what he said.

But Nick, if you agree with someone that wise, it shows some wisdom in you also.