Archive for Erasmus

To Read is to Fly

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 by stevemccurry

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which
gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety,
ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
 – A C Grayling, Financial Times
(in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)


I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges


There is no frigate like a book 
To take us lands away, 
Nor any coursers like a page 
Of prancing poetry. 
This traverse may the poorest take 
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot 
That bears a human soul.
– Emily Dickinson

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We read to know we’re not alone.
–  C.S. Lewis

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When I get a little money I buy books;
and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

– Erasmus

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I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!
 When I have a house of my own,
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
–  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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The ability to read awoke inside me some
long dormant craving to be mentally alive.

Autobiography of Malcolm X


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few are to be chewed and digested.
– Francis Bacon

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To learn to read is to light a fire;
every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. 

– Victor Hugo


Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily,
often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
– Joyce Carol Oates

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Reading was my escape and my comfort,
my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it,
for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an
author’s words reverberating in your head.
– Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

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USA-10821Renowned author, Paul Theroux, Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Beetles & Huxley Gallery
London, UK
12 May through 7 June 2014

Alex Del Piero Gallery
Power of Ten

Torino, Italy
16 May through 31 August 2014

Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2010 by stevemccurry


Ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press which enabled everyone to read books, artists have tried to portray the relationship of a reader and his/her book.


Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading: Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of reading and art.


We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact reading has on our lives.



Artists from Rembrandt to Picasso have explored the interaction of people with their books.


Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books.   Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time, transported to  another world.


Reading a good book is a universal activity, and people read while they do just about everything else.





Susan Sontag said, “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality…” The same can be said for reading books


“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”   — Erasmus


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