Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

Writerly Wisdom: V


Scrolling through all my former posts, I rediscovered a forgotten series I started way back when I first began blogging: quotes from writers.

Here is a quote found in Marja Mills’ The Mockingbird Next Door, a biography on Harper Lee:

p. 80:

[referring to her lifetime habit of reading, which she traces to her family reading aloud to her when young]

Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it.

This quote encapsulates my philosophy about the learning process. As a teacher, I encourage students to look up information so that they will better remember it. The brain is a muscle and it needs a workout to stay strong and viable. I use both technology and the library stacks, yet I prefer thumbing through books over scrolling screens any day.

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4 thoughts on “Writerly Wisdom: V

  1. Amen!

    Also, when I pore over books to find information, I often stumble upon some unexpected something that captures my imagination.

    I often stumble upon unexpected somethings on the Internet, too. But, well, a Grumpy Cat isn’t much of an imagination capturer.

  2. I’m with you! Did you see the article (can’t recall where at the moment) about taking notes on a computer vs. hand writing them? Writing things down makes your brain work harder to decide what’s important, so you learn more and retain it longer.

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