i have to share this from The Daily Good e-newsletter i get. (It helps balance all the bad news out there, but without a cloying 'pollyanna' tone. This site shares interviews, book reviews and stories of people doing good in the world.) Why this story? Because it is about a new (in last year) book about writing/writers/readers by one of my favorite authors and people, Ursula LeGuin: "Words Are My Matter" Amazon has new and used copies as well as a Kindle version, but i'm going to get the hardcopy, have a feeling this is the kind of books i'll do a lot of highlighting and underlining in and notes to myself in the margins.
i have enjoyed Le Guin's writing since my youth. Left Hand of Darkness, Lathe of Heaven and the novella 'The Word for World is Forest' being my favorites. But also have a copy of the Dao De Ching (or Tao Te Ching as it is often written) that someone else translated but she annotated. i have several translations of that ancient work, for a couple of reasons---minor differences in the translations, some are illustrated with drawings or photos that are art i like. But the Le Guin annotated copy is because it gives me a feeling like when i discuss ideas with friends, mentors, people i admire---they may see something in a sentence, paragraph/verse that i don't and we may or may not agree about 'meaning', but it is interesting and a good mental exercise to sit back and consider, try out, a different perspective---their perspective. i can always go back to my previous interpretations and views or as is more common i can synthesize a third (or 4th or 5th) way of thinking about the material.