Clive James on #death and books

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[A]fter being diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, he wondered if it was worth the effort of going on reading: the cure for this was an invigorating plunge into Boswell’s Life of Johnson. The pleasure he derived from that great work, which he had not read in its entirety until then, showed him what he would be missing, in even the short span he believed was left to him, if he gave up on books. “If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights go out, you might as well read until they do.”

– John Banville, New York Review of Books, 24 September 2015

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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