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Commonplace book #28

There are books, that one has for twenty years without reading them, that one always keeps at hand, that one takes along from city to city, from country to country, carefully packed, even when there is very little room, and perhaps one leafs through them while removing them from a trunk; yet one carefully refrains from reading even a complete sentence. Then after twenty years, there comes a moment when suddenly, as though under a high compulsion, one cannot help taking in such a book from beginning to end, at one sitting: it is like a revelation. Now one knows why one made such a fuss about it. It had to be with one for a long time; it had to travel; it had to occupy space; it had to be a burden; and now it has reached the goal of its voyage, now it reveals itself, now it illuminates the twenty bygone years it mutely lived with one. It could not say so much if it had not been there mutely the whole time, and what idiot would dare to assert that the same things had always been in it. – Elias Canetti (thanks to Philip Carr-Gomm for sharing this!)

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reminder: Zeus devotional still open

Just wanted to remind everyone that the Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional volume for Zeus is still accepting submissions until the end of March; your words are still needed! (I’m hoping to have a submission in this one myself, if I can find the time and inspiration.)

There are also devotionals in the works for the Dioskouroi (Castor and Pollux) and for Pan that are open until July 1.

Details on all of these can be found here.

(And yes, I really am still working on this blog, I’ve just been overwhelmed this week… I hope to finish up this long post I’m working on tomorrow, if I can find ten minutes together!)