I am thankful for Kindle Buffet–a service that provides me with a daily dose of free ebooks, in genres I have chosen.
The real drawback is that I’ve accumulated quite a number & need to actually read them…that and finding storage on my tablet is beginning to be a consideration. Fortunately, as the name indicates, they are all Kindle friendly, so primary storage is in the Kindle Cloud.
Of course, I have both my tablet w/ Kindle Reader and my laptop w/ Kindle Cloud on which to enjoy these treats.
I am thankful for books like Culture Shock: Korea. For me, it was a relatively quick read, about a half a day, but it has all manner of cultural information that I’m sure I’ll be looking up again before and after I get to Korea. Some of the information wasn’t new; the internet is a wonderful thing, don’t ya know.
Some of it wasn’t new, per se, but offered some insight as to why–and that kind of info makes it well worth the extra shekels for real hardcopy (paperback).
And, since I don’t spell my name G O D (‘cuz I really don’t know much of anything, being a pieriansipist and not all knowing), there was a lot of goodies that were new to me. Thus adding value to my purchase.
I have no doubts that I will have my feet both firmly planted in my mouth on more occasions that I care to imagine, but I’m also thinking that it probably won’t be as bad as it could be, due to the information available in this wonderful little cultural guide.
Makes me wonder what parallels I’d find in a book called: Culture Shock: America-A survival guide to customs and etiquette in the USA. I doubt it would be so compact…
English: Portrait of Pope in bigger version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am thankful for the poet Alexander Pope who wrote an amazing essay in poetic form which included this memorable line:
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.
For those of us who, with more effort on our parts, could potentially be called Renaissance Men, due to the breadth and scope of our interests and knowledge, there is a more apropos title: Pieriansipist. We don’t drink deeply enough of the various pursuits to have actually gained much experience, let alone mastery (which would qualify us as true Renaissance Men). Rather we sip here and there from a ginormous variety of pools instead of drinking deeply enough from one before moving on to the next. Would that I could claim credit for this most excellent adjective, but to give credit where credit is due, look here.
Mr. Alexander Pope’s Essay on Criticism is a book length poem that is…not for the faint of heart. If you didn’t thoroughly enjoy The Bard in high school, don’t bother with Pope’s essay. It will be tough going. Should you, however, drink deeply of this particular spring, you will find at least two other well known phrases: “To err is human, to forgive divine” and “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” An annotated version explaining the multitude of (now obscure) classical references and archaic language is probably a necessity for really being able to savor Pope’s work. And frankly, were it not an assignment at one point in my life, I wouldn’t have done it. But, much like Basic Training, although I didn’t enjoy it at the time, I’m glad I did. Equally glad I don’t have to do it again in this lifetime. There are way too many other things I’d rather spend my life on, thank you very much. Which brings us back to where we started: the title. So I’m off (please, no comments) to sip at another gazillion little rivulets and runnels I find on the vast and wild Interweb…