Friday, September 28, 2007

Just the Facts

blog prompt (make-up):
One of my favorite NON-fiction books

I would talk about the varieties of non-fiction books I like, starting with dictionaries that have etymologies. It's wonderful to know where words come from. I had a professor once, Cynthia Hallen, who shared the idea that words are fossilized poems. There is an element of magic in words that has to do with their origins. I also like books that share usage information. Another favorite non-fiction book would be a vegetarian cookbook that isn't political and doesn't call for expensive ingredients. I like scripture books, too, because they are so variable in their meanings--literally every person who reads can come upon a valid, personal meaning (in some ways a good book is equally about its reader as it is about its topic.)

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