August 11th, 2004

mepublicenemy

All Greek To Me, part II

I'm back from our book club discussion of the Aeschylus trilogy. It was fun! At least one person in the group had never read a Greek tragedy before, much less a trilogy of them. He read it twice, just to get it, which I think was smart and which he found rewarding. Another person, a first-time attendee, my friend David Potts, has a strong background in Greek civilization, including an ability to read Greek. So we had quite a diversity of familiarity with the culture. But I think this made for a lively discussion. And people who are new to a book often bring a fresher perspective and more immediate reactions.

I stayed up late last night, to read the middle play, The Libation Bearers. And today, on my train-ride downtown, and then at lunch, I finished up the final play, The Eumenides. I do read fast when I have to. Of course, when I was a kid, speedreading was quite the fashion. I'm not sure what ever happened to it. I never took a class in it, but I read up on it a little, and I kind of taught it to myself. It comes in handy at times. But it's kind of dizzying, and you lose the sound of the words when you go real fast, and that's something I really do miss.

Rhyme of the day:

I'd rather read
At human speed.