Why Books are Living Things

I have a button that says, ‘Some of my Best Friends are Books.’ I love this article by D. Wallace Peach on books as living things. -KJQ

Myths of the Mirror

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In contemplating what to write about today, I’ve decided to go a little off the deep end for the bewilderment of my readers. We writers can be a touch eccentric, and in order to perpetuate the characterization, I thought I’d chat about stuff I don’t know. That’s the fun of fantasy after all.

Those who’ve browsed my website know I love the idea of myths. To me, they’re the stories that define who we are and form the narratives of our lives. In my experience, perceptions alter our reality. We use perceptual narratives to filter our experiences, to guide our decisions, and create meaning in our lives. In essence, who we are, beyond our physical presence, is created based on our values and choices, how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us. In a way, we are the embodiment of stories; our lifetimes expressed…

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  1. Thanks again for sharing the post, Sheri. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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    1. I absolutely love this post. Thanks for sharing it with us! Happy reading and writing to you!

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  2. dedmanshootn says:

    “books are silent friends” is my fav, tho some of them get pretty loud! 😜 i like this one too. good post 🎶🐸

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    1. Yes, I’ve been liking her blog in general. Lots of great information and ideas, and excellent writing, as well as heart. And she’s really encouraging too. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it Ded.


  3. Fascinating ideas! I’m going to spend some time with them! Thank you so much for re-posting this!

    I am told that narrative thinking is inherent — instinctual in our species. You just can’t find in history or the present a people without storytelling. I often like to post on my blog about abstract ideas, but I try to do so using elements of story telling.

    For instance, I plan to soon post on the nature of objects — a very abstract subject with implications for the sciences. Only I’ll be using a persona I’ve created to discuss the subject — The post will be as much about him, his funny character, as about objects.

    I’m greatly enjoying your blog, by the way.

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    1. This is the article that made me discover D. Wallace Peach, when someone else re-posted it. I’m so glad I did. You may enjoy her blog especially as well…. Sounds like a great post. I’ll look forward to it. And Thanks!

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  4. I’m grateful to you for leading me to D. Wallace Peach’s blog. She and I have now gotten into a discussion of her “Why Books are Living Things” on my blog. It’s a peachy discussion, I can assure you!

    I’ve also posted on the concept of the object under the persona of Boyd Stace-Walters, self-described “worldly epistemologist and logician”, who it seems, has no sex life apart from his academic writings. If you happen to read his guest post on my blog, “Scandalous! The Shocking Truth About Objects!”, please consider letting me know if I’m committing any grave errors in bringing him to life as a character. But don’t feel obliged to, Sheri. Obligations are evil unless absolutely necessary, and critiquing my character is far far far from that.


    1. Yes, she and her blog are gems. So glad you have met each other. I’m about to head out to a conference, so may take awhile to review and reply, but I’m intrigued. I won’t take it as obligatory but certainly intend to take a look when I can.

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