I went to the Book Fair today, but it wasn't quite what I had hoped. It was all just too...massive. The place was huge and there were way, way too many people. In that chaos it was impossible to concentrate on anything particular. I did get a few free papers and a nice map of 17th century Switzerland, but that was the entire haul of today. All too soon I wanted nothing but to get out of that milling mass of people, so I left and didn't even go see the antique books sale they had there somewhere.
Jep, I would have regretted not going, but I definitely won't be back there tomorrow. The atmosphere was all wrong. Books are about calm, peace and relaxation - no matter if they talk of wars and torture, suicide, unhappiness and depression, catastrophes, sadism or oppression. They may get you upset, they may make you contemplate the dark, hidden corners of life, but they are still always a personal, intimate, quiet experience. Books and their worlds aren't about competing publishers and thousands of people pushed into tight corridors. No, never about that.
Competition in itself rather sucks, doesn't it? In honour of that a few competition quotes.
“If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.”
“The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself”
“Competitions are for horse, not artist.”
“Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.”
“In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running, if you stand still, they will swallow you.”
Currently listening to: Marilyn Manson - The Reflecting God