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November 1, 2007 11:44 AM Subscribe
I want to be a man of letters, but I'm grotesquely undereducated. How do I make time for self-cultivation amidst the never-ending responsibilities of normal life?
posted by nasreddin to education (45 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
There are approximately thirty-two million books I have not read, but want to--many of which are books an eighteenth-century schoolboy would've known by heart. But I have schoolwork/lifework all the time, and after I graduate I'm moving on to grad school, where there will be yet more of it, and thence to academia, which is even worse.
I do a lot of reading as part of all this, but it tends to be secondary-source work that, while interesting, doesn't quite contribute to my "cultivation." How do I a) carve out time, space, and energy for the latter, and b) find an approach to texts that doesn't feel like an extension of the professional reading I do? (that is, a more sensitive and "rich" appreciation--I don't really know how to describe it)