It isn’t so easy to find words for a concentrated sort of illumination that comes from reading Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage, a sense as one progresses through the book that one is learning to read her work, and, in turn, understanding something new about others and oneself. 156 more words
Tags » Tim Parks
1,308 more words
Meditation is the key for opening the doors of mysteries. In that state man abstracts himself: in that state man withdraws himself from all outside objects; in that subjective mood he is immersed in the ocean of spiritual life and can unfold the secrets of things-in-themselves.
Paperback, Vintage, £3.50, out now
“Don’t think, Tim. Do not think! Do not give yourself commands not to think! Silence!”
In this short delicious extract from his book Teach us to Sit Still, Parks is a very funny and very honest guide to the world of meditation. 250 more words
824 more words
The bell rings, we get up. The bell rings again, we go to bed. We retire to our rooms; we saw life pass beneath our windows, observed it in books and on our walks, watched the seasons change.
In his book Where I’m Reading From, Tim Parks asks an important question of readers: “Do we need to finish ?” The reason this query is so vital is that most people, I’ll argue, don’t actually finish all the books they’ve said they’ve read—and if this is so then we must all understand what we mean when we say we’ve “read” a book. Continue reading…