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WHY READ?

 

"Dashiell Hammett" by John Sherffius. Visit The Big Read website to learn more about Hammett and The Maltese Falcon.

One of two Big Easy Big Reads,  the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's celebration of Dashiell Hammet's The Maltese Falcon kicked off on October 18 at the Cabildo Museum in New Orleans' famed Jackson Square. Roy Blount, Jr., a noted biographer, essayist, and columnist---among other writerly pursuits---served as the keynote speaker for the Falcon fete. Here's Blount's take on "Why read?"

I read because I like it. I get kicks from reading. If reading were bad for me, I would read. If reading were illegal, I would read. If the only way to get at any reading material were to lift one end of a big concrete slab up off it and hold the slab there with my hip while I was reading, I would read. And reading isn't bad for me, it isn't illegal, and it doesn't require heavy lifting. What a deal!

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