Monday, September 14, 2015

Starting from the Back of the Book

When I was struggling to print my poetry book on The Book Patch site, I had to decide whether the book should be bound on the right or on the left side. I had to pause to find the correct answer because I often open magazines as if they were bound on the right. That is the way I start my weekly editions of The New Yorker and The Economist

I start with the back of the book in The New Yorker for the movie and book reviews. For The Economist, it is the obituary that pulls me in first. A particular favorite was an obituary of a Japanese cat. It was so beautifully written and such an emotional surprise. I had the issue with me when I arrived in Chicago to visit friends, and it was an instant hit. 

The front of the book feeds the intellect with hard news and information. The back of the book feeds the spirit. Especially in today's world, I start with the back of the book.

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