Random Reading | Nobody Reads Bergson Anymore

Not pictured are two small paperbacks whose home is the space in front of the books on the left side of the top shelf: Good Reading: A helpful Guide for Serious Readers (1964; 1st 1935) and Books for You: A Reading List for High School Students (1964). When I am in the mood to pick fun at summer reading lists, these are useful.

Good Reading: … Serious Readers begins, as all books of this sort do (remember The Guide to Daily Reading?), with an introduction titled, in this case, “On Reading.”

Your choice of books to read will naturally vary with your changing needs and interests;

This is true. With 4000 books tucked away on shelves, my current interest is filling in some gaps. Still trying to get that complete set of Toynbee’s A Study of History (~$700). Please hit the tip jar!

yet it is well to have some sort of plan. Random reading is seldom as profitable as a purposeful program, though not too rigid a one.


So I am conflating two ideas, reading and book acquisition.

One cannot read randomly if one does not have books from which to randomly read.

Which brings us to Bergson.

Bergson got a serous mention in Durant’s History of Philosophy.

That’s how I met Mr. Big Food