So many books, so little time”*…
There are millions of books in the world (and almost definitely hundreds of millions—last they checked, Google had the count at 129,864,880, and that was seven years ago). The rabid and/or competitive readers among you will now be asking yourselves: yes, yes, now how will I read them all?
Well, you won’t…
A logical method for figuring out “How many books will you read before you die?”
Then, increase your count with: “How to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year, According to Harvard Research.”
* Frank Zappa (riffing on an age-old theme)
As we memento mori, we might send imaginative birthday greetings to Washington Irving; he was born on this date in 1783. A short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat, he was America’s first genuine internationally best-selling author. While best remembered for stories like “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.), he also wrote biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith, and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects including Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra; he served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846.