02 March 2009

Naming the Blog: Read Lead

I have been blog-lurking for some time and have decided that now is the time to provide a blog where others can lurk. I've decided on a literary blog in part to answer the requests I get from friends and family for lists of books I am reading and have read.

For the present, this blog mirrors the one hosted by my own domain evelynwhitakerlibrary.org and after some experience I'll decide if it has enough data transfer capability to continue there. Does anyone reading care to offer an opinion?

Naming the blog was easier than expected.
I love word play. As a young child following my mother's finger in the hymnal, I discovered homonyms--"faithful loving serivice, too, to Him belongs." And I already knew that 2 was spelled "two."

I have always been fascinated by the verb "to read" which is spelled the same but pronounced differently for present and past tenses and the reader determines the tense in part by context. And, of course, the presence tense rhymes with "lead" although it past tense of "lead" is unpredictably "led" more like "breed" and "bred." Oh! English where similar words follow an entirely different set of rules. {English is both the richest language and one of the most difficult.}

I have long known and often stated that I have lived not only through my own experiences but through the experiences of others in the books I've read. So naming the blog in a couple of couplets:

the life I lead
is the life I read;
the life I led
is the life I read.

For additional reading lists, book notes, Hopkins and Psalms bibliographies, and more than you ever wanted to know about a certain late Victorian author who published anonymously, VISIT:

http://www.evelynwhitakerlibrary.org/blog_the_life_i_read/

3 comments:

The Gregory Trio said...

Glad to see I'm not the only blog lurker!! Can't wait to see what you write. -Amy

Analee said...

Welcome to the Blog world!

B2 said...

I was so excited to see you have started blogging! Or at least I should have found it on the other site. Anyway, welcome!