December 17, 2012
Bet you can't not read
This summer I read Outside Looking In, a memoir by Garry Wills, whose Pulitzer-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg and What Jesus Meant are also on my to-read list. Wills is difficult, if not impossible, to classify as a writer. Is he a classicist? journalist? pundit? biographer? The label that may fit him best is now an old-fashioned one: public intellectual. But he himself uses a different word: bookworm.
The truth of the epithet is borne out through the whole book, but I want to pass along a nice little passage from the introduction that may both horrify and delight you fellow bookworms:
1 Garry Wills, Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer (New York: Viking, 2010), 3.