Reading Matters

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reading matters // by marion

If you’ve been around these pages for a while, you’ve seen this little man before. A lot. I know! Cut from cereal boxes. Clumsily turned into greeting cards. Looking somewhat better on cheap watercolor paper.

What a process it’s been for me, slowly getting there. So many changes, so many things to learn, many more yet to learn.

I often think about how important reading has been in getting me where I am today. It was the words of Virginia Woolf, that took my breath away. It was the hundreds of pages I read a when I took a course in philosophy of science, that gave me attacks of palpitations. It was in books that I found the reassurance that I could safely leave the lab — that I would still experience the intellectual excitement that had brought me toward physics.

So, here is my bookworm again. And here I am, ready to let it go away. I made two different versions. I hope you like them.

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{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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Back To It

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These past few weeks have been a about sewing and knitting. Now I’m back to cutting paper and messing around with colors. I’m making more bookworms, experimenting with new patterns, and snapping little touches of orange on my desk along the way.

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On Library Cards and Things That Really Matter

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Last Saturday, we came home from a drive to the nearest city with a pile of library books. Along with a bottle of white wine, an improvised but delicious orange cake, cozy pillows on the couch and a good fire in the wood stove, they were a perfect for a gray January weekend.

But they were actually more than that. They were a way to celebrate the arrival in the mail of our so-called id-numbers earlier that week. Whoopee! There are tons of things to sort out now that these precious digits are here, opening the door to endless administrative joys, but somehow the first thing we actually did was to go and get ourselves a library card each.

When I think about it, it was a pretty nice way of thumbing our noses at administrative loopholes and reaffirming what really matters. Reading matters, for example.

As an academic researcher, I used to spend quite some time reading papers and textbooks. It was part of my job, and therefore I was even paid to do so. This, in turn, entitled be to move to a new country quite easily. Strangely enough, when I decided that I’d be happier and more useful spending an equally significant part of my time reading piles of library books covering a broad range of important subjects, from philosophy of science to writer’s biographies, local history, renovating houses and growing vegetables (among other things), it went a little less smoothly.

Finally, things are falling into place. We don’t live (yet!) in a world in which doing something useful is sufficient to be able to blossom in peace, but we fixed up our own little space in which we’re hoping to make a living doing things we’re interested in. A tiny red house, a little studio of our own, and library cards. Plus 10 precious digits that mean we can start for good.

cards I made

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A little package from søciety6 arrived last week. From me, to me. I was looking forward to see how the greeting cards I designed looked like. I’m very happy to see my little bookworm in print.

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a book would be nice

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This morning, as we were having breakfast, the sun finally came out and I huried onto the terrace to photograph the little bookworm I finished over the weekend. As a kid, I used to be quite a bookworm myself, so I can really relate with this little guy. Therefore I’m happy to announce that you can now find both of us on søciety6!

It might be a bit early to think about Christmas presents, but here’s what I’m planning to ask Santa: don’t bring me stuff I don’t need, don’t bring me anything material, really. Except, perhaps, a book? A book would be nice. A book to read, re-read, annotate and pass to friends. How about you, how about a book?

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