I haven't read everything, I freely admit; my obsessions tend to wane before I've gone through all the books I've procured. I eventually get around to them, and no interest, once satiated, is ever truly abandoned. I dabble, I dip my toe back in, but my obsessions are just that: often all-consuming. The longest obsessions, though, have been psychology and autism (and these show no signs of abating). Well, to be fair, literature is the longest running obsession, but I'm more interested in critical thinking and writing than I am in dissecting literary works (and even then it's always been about figuring out the author more than the characters).
I know, you're wondering how and what tickled me. I love, adore, and relish textbooks and nonfiction. So, when it was time to take the kids out to swim today, I picked up a couple books to take with me (yeah, I don't do one book--I read dozens at a time). I'm sitting on the bench, watching the girls swim and I pick up one of the books to read, one I just recently got, one from an obsession that was in full force in 1997-1998 (yeah, I can tell you exactly when I was into each particular subject, too).
Oh, wow, you think. Right? I've read just about every book Hawking's put out. I won't pretend I understood everything, nor even suggest I have any level of expertise, but I soaked up every book I could get on astronomy. I still pick up textbooks and works on astronomy when I run across them.
I open the book, eager to read, and I get to this (I admit, not far):
I busted out laughing here, in part because of The Big Bang Theory, and well, because who wouldn't expect a "basic knowledge of general relativity and quantum theory"? And well, that obsession was 13 years ago; I found myself wondering just how much I retain, and I'm pretty sure Hawking's assuming more basic knowledge than many would have.
Here's the relevant bit of The Big Bang Theory:
I chuckled and kept reading. I figured, hey, we'll just have to see.
I liked that bit, since it applies to other areas of obsessive interest to me, so I'm sharing it. Did I mention I really like Hawking's work?
And then I sat the book down by the other one to watch my girls swim for a minute. I looked down at the two books after a few minutes and I really started laughing when I looked down at the two books I'd picked up from my current reading stack.