For the first time since I got over my flu, I had the chance to sit and read all day. And not papers written by students, but a real live book!! I’m catching up on assigned readings for my graduate program. Today I dug into Edinger’s Ego & Archetype. I’m not done yet, but I managed to devour one hundred pages today. I really enjoy psychology and am loving reading about Jung again. I realized when I’m reading though that I’m really multi-tasking the information I consume. Any time I read a text for school, I have four constant and equally important goals:
1). I read to understand the text itself and apply that to the course work.
2). Taking it one step further, I’m digging for ideas to include in my final research paper for the course. (I am lucky with my Jung class that I’ve known my research topic from the start: the role of the shadow figure in Ursula LeGuin’s Wizard of Earth Sea).
3). I’m also always keeping my eye out for anything related to the hero myth or Greek myth as research for my book. (This does happen a lot, since a lot of ideas in myth tend to, at some point, circle back to Greek mythology. I found some tasty tidbits today).
4). And I’m also always keeping my eye out for anything that could possibly contribute to my potential future dissertation topic, which at this point roughly is going to be an exploration of the representation of chronic pain in mythology and what that provides for chronic pain patients.
All this leads to a lot of notes, highlights, and post-it-note tabs. My books definitely look well worn by the time they’ve had a once-over from me. I really enjoy that tactile experience though. Many people in my life have converted to digital readers, and some can’t understand what I’m talking about! I need to touch the book, feel the book, crack the book, and, most importantly, write all over it! No offense to the Kindles, Nooks, and iPads, but this just cannot be done electronically. I will always adore the physical experience with books. I love the smell of new books and old books; I love the markings; I even love the way the edges of the pages turn yellow first. It’s all part of digging into the book, transforming your mind, and meeting with this other world in the print form!
How do you read?