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Each book I own is a different species of fruit


This is how I treat my books now.

As though my apartment were a lush garden of fruit. Grapes, Apples, Oranges, Bananas ... yes, those more mainstream kinds of fruit are here, but I also have ... Papaya, Abiu, Jaboticaba, Matisia, Rambutan, Salak, and Yellow Mangosteen ...

Each book I own is a different species of fruit.

And I find that I can't sit down with any one fruit and eat the entire thing. I tear off a piece, lick a slice, pick out seeds, and forget that I'm supposed to start at the beginning and finish at the end.

I keep bringing home more flavors. I order some through the Internet. I make lists of plants that I want to try later.

I flip through leaves, see a pretty bite, and chew:

"The psychology of the orgy as an overwhelming feeling of life and energy within which even pain acts as a stimulus ..."

"Genuine loyalty has to be based on something substantial ... Where loyalty comes into play is through difficulty. Loyalty not taxed is really not loyalty. One politician said, 'I will support you as long as you are in the right.' His prime minister replied, 'That is no use at all. What I want is men who support me when I am in the wrong.'"

"If you don't do-it-yourself you are a prisoner of the robot state, the electric company, the transportation company, the food monopolies, and the chain stores. You live in a suspended state where you don't even know where your power comes from, you leave the faucets running and the lights on all night just because you don't even know that the water supplies are slowly diminishing ..."

"Even when it seems most impervious, time is porous. The past leaks back through its own channels, floods the present, appears as an object you dreamed of thirty years ago."

"Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to keep track of your thoughts? The mind wanders so easily from the topic we want to keep it on. It even may seem that the mind is, in its own nature, like bubbles on a river or a ball floating in a stream."

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