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Experiencing Books

There is an interesting project called “Field Tested Books.”

Books You've Experienced
Compiling people's impressions of experiences they had when reading a certain book — the way a song brings back a time and place where you heard it — is this project's focus. I'm going to cheat and give you an example, since apparently most of the contributors are such superb writers, it's astonishing. Here's a tiny excerpt from Ben Karlin's contribution. This snippet isn't about the book he experienced (Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead) but is just great writing that made me laugh out loud. His humor totally fits my mood of the day.

“The story of Lot’s wife is one of the most resonant in the Bible — since all she had to do was not look back, and she wouldn’t have been turned to salt. But isn’t that just like a human, to not do what they are told? To look when they are supposed to turn away? Humans. What are you going to do about them? Turn them into salt, I guess.”


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