Working on this blog has really opened my eyes to the way people stylize their writing. I’ve never paid attention to my own personal style, or to those of the books I love to read. Not that I’m particularly picky about what books I read. I’ll read almost anything. However, there have been a few novels throughout the years that I had to be forced into reading. I’ve only not finished maybe 3 books required of my classes since high school. One of those was a philosophical book entitled Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, written by Robert M. Pirsig. Of the half I did read, I couldn’t tell you anything about. Well, except for the few pages that listed the necessities for a cross-country trip by bike. How is that interesting?
Now, I put this novel alongside one of my favorites, The Stranger by Albert Camus. If you haven’t read them you might mistake them for being similar since they do both dive into philosophical issues. I do love philosophy. However, the simplicity with which The Stranger is written is part of why I love it. It is “light.” It is “quick.” And there it was. Calvino identified my favorite type of book for me when I had no idea.
Now, since Calvino loves to find emblems to represent his qualities, here is one I’ve decided to adopt for myself. I’ve also taken the liberty to borrow a quote from Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy because it seemed like a perfect motto.
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”
Emblem: The sailboat
A sailboat is a vehicle that requires nothing but the water and the wind. No modern technology is necessary. The way it seems to float effortlessly in the breeze is not only emblematic of my favorite writing styles but of the way I like to live my life in general.