READER INTERVIEW: NEW JERSEY READER PASQUALE BACCARELLA
Interview conducted March, 2015
Welcome to another installment in the Readeatlive Reader Interview Series.
Today’s reader Pasquale hails from Pequannock, NJ, a place I have never been and cannot spell. But, I would like to know more about the place and as I get better acquainted with Pasquale and his lovely wife Elaine, I will learn more about that place and about this amazing and serious reader. A big thank you to Pasquale for agreeing to talk about the books he’s been reading.
Tell us about what you are reading?
The book I just finished yesterday is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. I found it fascinating and extremely informative. It was at times even a bit unsettling, and for those who hold to creationism, it will be even more so. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it.
Do you have a favorite writer or a particular type of book you find yourself reading often? Tell us about that.
I really do not have a favorite writer. Since I am easily impressed, there are many. What comes to mind are Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of A Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and The Past Life Therapy by Brian Weiss, Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckert Tolle and the book I just finished, Sapiens. If it seems it would be interesting and I might learn from it, I will read it.
Is there a book that made an impression on you or that you might call particularly memorable?
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn. I read this book many years ago but some of the writer’s thoughts are still with me. It was the first book I read that spoke of a different way to live and conduct our lives…why has the “war” on crime, drugs, cancer, poverty been so unsuccessful? These are some of issues he challenges us to think about. Is there another way? Maybe better, maybe not.
What is a favorite time or place for you to read?
I’ve learned not to read in bed, I only last about ten minutes, however, it is for me a great sleep inducer.
What might you read next?
I’m not sure just yet, but I heard good things about an autobiography by Jimmy Connors (from my wife), called The Outsider.
Please tell us anything else that comes to mind when you think about the reading you do and books you enjoy.
I do believe I am drawn, as I would think many others are, to trying better to understand, what our purpose is and empirical proof of the truth about everything…..impossible I know, but I enjoy the journey.
Note from Paulette: I don’t know about you, but Pasquale inspires me to be more serious as a reader. And, I’m not sure I believe him when he says he is easily impressed. I know some of you out there in blogland are great fans of non-fiction and in Pasquale you have a kindred spirit. Happy reading to you all!