I have too many books. So, every now and then, I weed. Or try to. In doing so, I unearth unusual things, surprises and, all too often, duplicates (oops). Sometimes I can scan a book quickly and add it to the donate pile. Other times, the book is worthy of a full read, so it goes back on the shelf. Once in a while, an item is quirky enough to entice me to read the whole thing. Sometimes I’m a little disgusted with myself for what turns out to be a waste of time. But other times I come across one thought that makes it worthwhile.
I just finished Jews Who Rock, by Guy Oseary (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2001). The entry for Adam Gaynor of matchbox 20 includes this note: “Adam’s personal motto is “Inner strength . . . inner peace . . . focus . . . fire.” It seems like a perfect guiding phrase for artists, including writers. Like me. Or maybe you.