“It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.”
– C.S. Lewis (full text found here)
Very useful rule, C.S. Lewis, but I fail miserably at it. I comfort myself with the idea that “when I have more time” I will improve my reading habits.
Lewis’s argument is:
– Classics are classics for a reason. Who knows if anyone will be reading Twilight in two hundred years?
– Old books help correct the blind spots we modern people don’t realize we have.