In books we live a thousand lives and adventures

In short, our gentleman became so caught up in reading that he spent his nights reading from dusk till dawn and his days reading from sunrise to sunset, and so with too little sleep and too much reading his brains dried up, causing him to lose his mind. His fantasy filled with everything he had read in his books, enchantments as well as combats, battles, challenges, wounds, courtings, loves, torments, and other impossible foolishness, and he became so convinced in his imagination of the truth of all the countless grandiloquent and false inventions he read that for him no history in the world was truer.

Don quixote
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Recent books

The summer is a busy time for me and I hardly find the time to read, usually can’t focus much. But even so, I found the time to read three titles. One is a post-apocalyptic novel set in a world struck by sudden blindness, the other two are adventures of a girl in a whimsical world.

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Quote of the day: Stanisław Lem

We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don’t know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can’t accept it for what it is.

stanisław lem, Solaris

Nie potrzeba nam innych światów. Potrzeba nam luster. Nie wiemy, co począć z innymi światami. Wystarczy ten jeden, a już się nim dławimy.

Stanisław Lem, solaris

Happy Easter

“Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”

Man of La mancha, 1972


When Milan Kundera commented on the novel, he said that it teaches us to see the world as a question (Philip Roth, Shop Talk, p.100). For Don Quixote, the world unfolded like a mystery. And I think that’s what I like to somehow preserve and wish for as well.

Happy Easter. Full of the joy of the new, the freshly born or about to bloom and the joy of discovery, the joy of asking questions and not always seeing things as they are but what they could be. The joy of hope. The joy of dreams. A sense of wonder.