“I Wish You to Read Literature” (Page 26)
Felicity & Barbara Pym by Harrison Solow
Dear Red Room,
I’m certainly happy that this is not a book review because it is something that I’m not quite academically prepared to do at this time. However, I am only too happy to share the wondrous read of Harrison Solow's Felicity & Barbara Pym with you, just in case you haven’t heard.
I have not attended any universities in “such a respectable institution..." (Page 13) prior to attending Red Room. For one, it is a university for talented accomplished authors, and two; it is my first introduction to the finest literature 'ever', as you have well known. And not much has been accentuated with my writing skills, other than my voluminous reading, which brought me to Felicity & Barbara Pym in the first place. Actually, this is my first English literature course that captured my heart since I was devoutly struck in 1977, in search to enlighten my aching spirit. And, God forbids that I’d take another pathway! While all along in disguise, as Felicity & Barbara Pym unveiled all of this to me; we’re on the same path. And precisely why, I have strong emotions with all the letters. I found myself in every one of them - inside and outside! I want to be sensible and write this proper; without 'any differences with my absorption and passion with the Bible or any other valuable and worthy text books, which most other students claim having a greater challenge in keeping their attention, so I heard. I’ve never been able to keep my attention (for very long) in reading or writing anything else other than those, due to my “narrowness, which is the frequent prerogative of the creative artist" (So, I've learned.). “He has to have a wide outlook, or he has nothing at all… "(Page 36).
“I am of course delighted to be…” (Page 40) writing with you in the Red Room, and because I am a student in your university; I have the blessed opportunity to learn all about Felicity & Barbara Pym: It all started with her blog post that drew my heart, which I actually thought that I may have written about these same things before? It was then when I learned all about Harrison Solow’s unique, brilliant, delightful, and beautiful, well cultured works in English literature that has captured me today. Far too many years have gone by, and I finally found the 'love to read' English Literature.
And by the way, I also read that Mallory Cooper didn’t mean to be rude, but wasn’t interested in Felicity’s experiences with self-help workshops, having; “hundreds of her own friends who entered this fuzzy world of love, peace, ohm and grass, New Age Indian- Chinese, anything-but-European introspection vortex thirty-something years to ‘deal with their pain’ and approach their problems, hoping every day to emerge with the joy of having experienced a white light or the perfect moment. They still have all those problems and more!” (Page 103)
Dr. Harrison Solow’s post: http://redroom.com/member/harrison-solow/blog/respecting-all-forms-of-knowledge-and-expertise
And, this is my response below: Found!
Dear Dr. Harrison,
I am very grateful for all your work. We have found you! Please, let me explain ‘why’ I have the courage even to write you:
I am overwhelmed to these things that you have expert knowledge and exceptional English literary skills, (while I haven't been to universities) and yet, somewhat similar minds.
Thank you very much!
An answered prayer :-)
And, Dr. Harrison Solow’s response to me below:
“Having read your excellent blog post, I see that we seem to be in complete agreement here. How interesting - and how rare! I was very pleased to see this beautifully delineated philosophy somewhere other than in my own head. The minute we begin respecting trades and skills of all kinds is the minute we free people to be who they are and the minute that universities - at least in the Humanities and Liberal Arts can return to excellence of their own. Thank you for your own wonderful post and for commenting here.” ~Harrison
Wow! I thought how can it be that someone (that I fall so far behind) think the same as me? And from that day on, I followed every post, which led me to Felicity & Barbara Pym, and my ‘first and favorite book' in English literature that I found in Red Room University.
“I wish you to read literature.”... (Page 26)
And you most certainly and cleverly have, Dr. Harrison Solow.:-)
Thank you. ( I hope that Red Room University doesn't think of me, but rather silly!)
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