The author could have written “Tomas Aguilar became my best friend, and I his only friend” but if he had, separateness would replace oneness; the way Zafon uses language pulls the reader not only into the book but into himself.
Individuality and oneness become a single entity in the act of reunion.
Clearly, there is no arbiter to pontificate and decide this matter.
There are, however, some guiding principles that may fruitfully lead us down (and visualize this) a cherry-lined lane of discovery 🍒Humans have pursued beauty in other realms, including this noble attempt, memorably enshrined in the delightful poetry of American poet Ogden Nash, who implored the heavens, in his poem Kind of an Ode to Duty, plaintively asking why 😉Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.
This book’s monumental impact was perhaps best heralded by the American popular mathematics and popular science writer Martin Gardner who elegantly summed it up by noting that the thread we had picked up earlier—how individuals can care as much about their art as they do for the craft of writing well—let’s check out an excerpt or two from the almost-sublime prose of an author whose name is quite possibly alien to the majority of my fellow software designers and developers, though I may be pleasantly mistaken in my assumption 😂 Allow me to introduce Whether the wish is to know oneself more deeply, to understand better the psychoanalytic process, or simply to immerse oneself in seamless, elegant prose, Philip Bromberg’s Awakening the Dreamer is enormously satisfying.
Besides showing that the analyst’s thoughtful self-revelation is not simply permissible, but actually necessary in the analytic process, Bromberg makes salient connections between leading-edge work in affective neuroscience and the relational psychoanalytic tradition he helped create.The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry (italics mine).To this I add the seemingly anachronistic case of this observation by top-notch writer and Lisp hacker Peter Seibel.It’s like hacking a new pathway through the jungle of the day when you were used to strolling down a well-established trail or like breaking up scar tissue and retraining your muscles when your body developed bad compensation techniques after an injury….Ultimately, though, strengthening simple routines leads to a life where you consistently achieve more success with less stress.As the name of his blog signals, his posts seek to capture the essence of achieving meaningful success through wide-ranging, engagingly written, and eminently thought-provoking discussions.Even more relevant to our present theme, Cal had this to say, in his slim and stellar book entitled How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students 🎓 (Broadway Books), on the craft of writing, as should be practiced in daily life.What had amazed me about her first book—The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment—was that I could randomly open the book to any page, and be guaranteed a nugget of wisdom.Just to make sure the magic was still working 😉 I opened the book randomly to the page which leads off a discussion (entitled Routines Require Intentional Practice), and found this insight that I’m partially excerpting here: At first it will take a great deal of mental and emotional fortitude to even want to start putting these routines into practice….Picking this thread—how individuals can care as much about their art as they do for the craft of writing well—leads me to briefly unroll the ball of yarn some more. My basic premise is that there exists a profound nexus between (software) code and prose: While the English language, or any other spoken language, for that matter, is clearly not Turing complete—I’ve heard, though, that COBOL occupied a fabled place somewhere between spoken and programming languages 🙉—the simple fact is that rewriting (spoken languages) maps directly to the programming notion of refactoring, which its originator, Martin Fowler, describes succinctly as To segue a bit, my late father, a chemical engineer by profession, and a man of uncommon decency and integrity, was a big fan of books by the prolific American author, the late James A.Michener, widely regarded for his meticulous research behind his books.