It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good pint must be susceptible to interesting thoughts.
As I sat in the pub quaffing a pint of Abbot Ale the other day, I realised that this blog would have been less substantial and probably less inventive, if not more coherent without the intake of the ‘smooth, dark stuff’.
Traversing yet another journey of the imagination and learning (in this case reading The Wine of Solitude by Irene Nemirovsky), I stumbled upon a break in parts. It happens to me regularly of course but this time I was struck by something new. Perhaps it was the pint, or perhaps something more tangible yet out of reach of the right words but something made me stop and stare into the above pages.
There was a quality to these leafs, they felt smooth yet had those wrinkles that seem to be caught in the very fabric of its being. I like blank pages, I used to just see them as a waste of paper but I was wrong in this assumption and now see them as part of the experience of reading, the canvas of thought.
The blank pages are natural pauses, at the beginning they are anticipatious and at the end of the book they are reflective, but these middle ones, they are something much more fascinating and versatile. The slight dwelling that the pauses offers, allows not only for the world or idea that you are reading about to be clarified or mused upon but lets flight of fancy take wing.
An infinity of thoughts can take place between these two pages, as they did for me whilst I sat writing this…I think that is what makes a book, especially for a reviewer such as myself. I am able to sum up thoughts, compartmentalise different ideas and generally analyse things differently than I would with books that don’t use the break.
Perhaps it wasn’t the blank pages at all but the pint that taught me these things, which would logically mean that I should go to the pub whenever a new idea hits me, sadly my insides and bank balance tell me that that would be folly so I shall just stick to my tried and trusted method of poking my gray matter with a stick and seeing what happens.