Search
  • Tony Holden

Close reading

I don’t remember learning to read. Barbara does – thankyou Mr. Thomas who was village-reporter for the ‘Merthyr Express.’ But I do recall early comics [‘The Eagle’ 1950]; ‘Scouting’ [1971]; and art magazines [‘The Studio’ until 1964 and then ‘Studio International’]. Being a Northerner I read ‘The Guardian’ which changed from ‘The Manchester Guardian’ on the day I was 19 [1959]. There were books at home, school, the library, and Universities. And reading became part of life-long learning and life-long pleasure. In my work I found myself editing and that included book-reviews. And in retirement there were book groups! The Greek word ‘hermeneutics’ [much-loved as a process by Biblical Scholars] means ‘interpretation’ and book-reviews come out of ‘interpretation’ and ‘close reading.’ So, Barbara and I started the e-mail RAB1 ‘Recommend a Book Project’ from 2008-2013 [17 issues]. RAB2 began August 2019 and we are at issue 5. It has 29 books from family and friends. Have a look under the ‘books’ category and ‘good reading.’

25 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

We often watch TV documentaries where experts comment on some visual object. It’s not as easy to show people communicating their enjoyment or criticism of some particular book. I have my store of sele

Sometimes when hurt and loss and anxieties come at you “thick and fast” – you hear those long-remembered voices of despair [“not to be born is the most to be desired”]. Or words of accusation [“As fli