Wednesday, August 29, 2007


From Ryszard Kapuscinski's Travels with Herodotus:

"Man knows, and in the course of years he comes to know it exceedingly well, that memory is weak and fleeting, and if he doesn't write down what he has learned and experienced, that what he carries within him will perish when he does. That is why it seems everyone wants to write a book. singers and football players, politicians and millionaires.And if they themselves do not know how, or else lack the time, they commission someone else to do it for them. That is how it is and always will be. Engendering this reality is the impression of writing as an easy and simple pursuit, though those who subscribe to that view may do well to ponder Thomas mann's observation that "a writer is a man for whom writing is more difficult than it is for others."


Archie said...

Dear Steve... Love your blog. Also very much love the writing of Ryzard Kapuscinski. Have you read his 'Another Day of Life'? I highly recommend it. His journalism, though sometimes derided as lacking in objectivity, is deeply philosophical and thought provoking. He will be missed. Best luck with your project on Asian hounds.
Yours truly, a philosophical hound,

Archibald Esquire (

Steve Bodio said...

I'll get that!

I also left a comment on your blog. We have a dachshund too!