11, 2002 -- Books
been good so far about self-motivation. I have a fairly large number
of places to see in a fairly short period of time, and so I've laid
out a whole plan of what sites to get to on what days. And, in between
touring, I've left myself time to sit and write, as well as to read
the sizable collection of pamphlets and museum catalogs I'm collecting
along the way. Such catalogs are important, since they're filled
with the kinds of site specific information that I'm not going to
be able to find on Amazon when I get back home. I have bought books
like: A Guide to the Collections of Prague Castle Gallery
and The Exhibition Guide to the History of the Jews in Bohemia
and Moravia. Such things, with their colorful photographs will
serve me well when I get home and I can't figure out what the hell
that 15-second sketch I drew from the inside of Tyn church is supposed
to be portraying.
the most self-disciplined of us waver. I have been here a week now,
and the Little Engine that Could was getting tired. I left my hotel
yesterday morning with a full agenda, but some three blocks away
I passed an English book store. I tried to walk by, I really did,
but I just couldn't help myself. Before I knew what I was doing,
I had bought four quick read books: Confess, Fletch, a James
Bond book, a sci-fi book by Terry Pratchet, and a Bridget Jones
type book written, oddly enough, by a Korean woman who owns a candy
store about a mile from where I live.
spent the rest of the day, that evening, and all of this morning,
curled up in a chair. I have finished the first three books.
am rejuvenated. I am infinitely happier. It was just what I needed
to get me back on track this afternoon, which I spent walking around
the streets where Tycho and Kepler lived, and then going to the
beautiful Sternberg Palace which houses a collection of European
paintings from 1400 to 1800 (including some by Durer, Rubens, El
Greco, Jan and Pieter Brueghel) that are quite stunning. Of course,
I bought the exhibition guide.
I will read as soon as I finish my fourth book. . .