Sparrow: Stein discovered that she enjoyed reading bad books as much as she did masterpieces

Gertrude Stein found late in life that she had read every great book, or nearly every one. She began to fear there was nothing left for her to read. Then a neighbor of hers in the French countryside died, and she bought his library, which contained many mediocre books. Stein discovered that she enjoyed reading bad books as much as she did masterpieces.

– Sparrow in My Book Life, The Sun May 2019

There is a beauty in the mediocre and ordinary.

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