Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Schizophrenic Reading List

I’m reading a book written by a freelance writer who gives advice to folks seeking to bust out of the standard 9-to-5 model of work. She asks questions in the first chapter to help stimulate the reader’s thought process regarding what kind of work the reader really would be interested in doing. One of the questions guides the reader to look at hobbies and interests.

By doing so, I now realize I suffer from flight of thought – which my dad gratefully reminds me is a symptom of Schizophrenia.

See, my hobby is reading – particularly anything to do with history. The Schizophrenia part comes in when one looks at my list of materials. A month ago I was obsessed with Henry VIII and the history of his life, wives and reign. I must have read at least 4 books on this topic in just a month.

This month, I’m obsessed with learning all I can about World War II, particularly focusing on the Holocaust. I’m re-reading Wiesel’s “Night” and have checked out other books on this topic – all biographical stories from people who were in Europe during WWII and were touched by the Holocaust. I’m also re-watching “Band of Brothers” and hope to meet with a local widow who is Jewish and escaped from Europe during WWII.

Earlier this year my reading list consisted of nothing but books about the history of Spain, starting with Queen Isabella and going through the last dictator, Franco.

Now if only I could turn this flight of thought and fancy into a career path ….


Mar said...

It sounds to me a lot like the reading list of most History teachers, professors and researchers. So would that mean they are all schizophrenic too?

Ever consider teaching? Besides, if I had a teacher like you when I was in school, I would have LOVED history. You would make it entertaining to even those who hate history.

Or, you could also look for a job at a university in the history department.

pecheur said...

I wish I could read that fast. I start A book and have a time finishing it.