Reading an Author

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[2022-02-01 Tue 10:11] - 7946

I, hitherto, have been reading books as a single unit of intellectual conveyance. However, that strategy doesn’t work for all the works. Some authors have their writings crisply intertwined with their other writings.

Approaching a single book as a part of a larger intellectual conveyance is more efficient in the longer term if one intends to read all the work of a particular author. Consequently, grouping these reads together has also been somewhat interesting lately.

The first author that I’m reading adhering to this strategy is Nietzsche. On the road to “Thus Spake Zarathustra”, I’ve already read “Beyond Good and Evil”, “Twilight of the Idols”, and presently consuming “Human, all too Human”. The next milestones will be “Genealogy of Morals”, “The Antichrist”, “The Gay Science”. Then I’ll move on to his reflective works: the “Ecce Homo” and the posthumous “The Will to Power” (not exactly reflective, but will be using his notebooks to derive reflective insights). Finally, all this will be put to use for the better understanding of his “Thus Spake Zarathustra”. Definitely expecting to grasp him much better than if all this was consumed sparsely. This is one reading cycle: will be revisiting the main works again over the duration of my life.

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