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You are on page 6 of the 1st AA Grapevine ever printed

Copyright The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., June 1944

 6 

   The   Pleasures   of   Reading

   Intellectual    stimulus,   philosophical   fortification   and   wholesome   distraction
   will  be  found  in  a  collection  of   three  books,  superficially  diverse  but  hav-
   ing   a   common   denominator,   published   in  a  compact  volume  as   part  of
   The Modern Library  under  the  title  of  The Consolation of Philosophy.  The
   first  book  which  bears  the  title  of   the volume,  was  written  by  Boethius,  a
   Roman   office-holder  of   the   fourth  century  and   philosopher  by  avocation.
   His  discourses  are  agreeably  set  forth  in  the  form  of  a dialogue  with  Lady
   Philosophy.   The   second   book   is   The   Imitation   (or   the   following)   of
   Christ,  by   Thomas  a  Kempis,   technically  a  man  of   the  cloister  but  soon
   adopted   by  the  world  as  a  meditative  poet  and  mystical  psychologist.  No
   greater   inspiration   for   those  who  would   "go  home  again"   has  ever  been
   written.
   The  third   book,  Religio  Medici  (the  religion  of  a  physician),   is  the  work
   of   Sir  Thomas  Browne,   seventeenth  century  physician.   It  is  a  full  bodied
   and   humanly   inconsistent  discussion  of   those  matters  which  have  troubled
   spirits  everywhere  and  in  every  time.  The doctor  wrote candidly,  sometimes
   quaintly   and  often   amusingly,   if   not  intentionally  so   (he  says  that  man  is
   the  whole  world  and woman,  the rib,  the  crooked  piece  of   man!  Biologic-
   ally,  however,  he  is  less  orthodox  p.398). But  he  also  speaks  of  that  har-
   mony  of   things  which   both  he  and   Bill  call   the  "music  of   the  Spheres".
   Each   in   his   way,   all   three   writers   strove   for  and  undoubtedly  attained
   equableness  of   life  and   serenity  of  spirit.    Royal  S.
   Good  Night,  Sweet  Prince,  by  Gene  Fowler;  Viking  Press,  3.50. A biog-
   raphy  of   John  Barrymore   worthy  of   thoughtful   perusal  by  all   alcoholics.
   Written  with  sympathetic  understanding,  the  book,   to  this  reviewer,  makes
   these  points:   1—The  fire  of  genius  may  survive  alcoholism,  but  the  genius
   dies.   2—The  strength   of   a  self-sufficient   ego   is   a   weakness  in   fighting
   alcoholism.   Jack  R.
   Further   Reading   Pleasures:   Consolation  of  Philosophy,   Modern   Library
   #226,  95c.  The  New  Testament  (Authorized  King  James  Version,  Pocket
   Edition)  25c.   The  Screwtape  Letters   by  C.  S.  Lewis,   Macmillan,   1.50.
   Christian  Behavior  by  C.  S.  Lewis,  Macmillan,  1.00.  The  Case of Chris-
   tianity  by  C.  S.  Lewis,  1.00.

TIME   ON   YOUR   HANDS?
This  column  will   deal   specifically   with  one
or  two   "time  fillers"   in   each  issue,   but  we
want  to cover the  kind of  thing  you are  most
interested  in.   We  hope,   therefore,  that  you
will   send   in   requests   for   information   and
that  you  will also send  facts  about  your own
interesting  hobbies  and occupations,  be  they
intellectual,  practical  or  just  plain  fun.
THE    PUBLIC    SCHOOLS   in   Manhattan,   Long
Island, New Jersey,  Westchester and  Connec-
ticut  have  Adult  Education  courses,  (for  the
small   sum  of   1.00   in   most  cases)   in  prac-
tically   everything,   from   Political   Science  to
Public   Speaking.   COLUMBIA    UNIVERSITY  and
N.Y.U.  have  extension  courses  (catalogues  on
request)   in   such   diverse  and   ambition-pro-
voking things as Geology, Music Appreciation,
Short    Story   Writing,   and   many   etcs.   THE
LIGHTHOUSE
,    111   East   59th   Street   and   the
AMERICAN  RED  CROSS,  315  Lexington  Avenue,
give   courses  in   reading  and   typing   Braille
and  you  will  find an  amazingly  varied  list  of
other ways  you can  help your country by call-
ing your local  RED  CROSS or  CIVILIAN  DEFENSE
VOLUNTEER
  OFFICE   (War  Council).  The  NEW
YORK
  HOSPITAL  FUND,  370  Lexington Avenue,
wants  men  and  women  for   messengers,  ele-
vator  operators,  ward, clinic and dietary aides.
THE   WAR   MANPOWER   COMMISSION,  11  West
42nd  Street,  wants men and women volunteers
to  join  the  U. S.  CROP  CORPS  for  summer and
fall  harvesting  and  work  in  canneries.  Appli-
cations  should  be  made now  at  the  U. S.  EM-
PLOYMENT
  SERVICE,  124  East 28th  Street. This
would   seem   an   ideal   way   to  rebuild  one's
health  and   help  Uncle   Sam   at   no  expense.

There   is   a   fascinating   place   in  the  Village
called    THE  CLAY  CLUB,  4   West   8th   Street,
where  long  suppressed  artistic  ambitions can
materialize    into    Greek   vases   or    undraped
nudes  by  playing  around  with  hunks  of  wet
clay.  THE  HAYDEN  PLANETARIUM,  Central  Park
West  and  81st  Street, gives courses in  Celes-
tial  Navigation  and  Star  Identification,  Tues-
day and Thursday evenings from  6:30  to  8:30.
The cost  is  $5.00 for  ten lessons. The  METRO-
POLITAN
 MUSEUM  OF ART offers concerts in the
Morgan  Wing  each  Sunday at  3:45  P.M. and
in the  Cloisters,  Fort  Tryon  Park,  (Fifth  Ave-
nue Bus  No. 4  marked  Cloisters  takes  you  to
the  door)  religious  and  secular  music  of  the
middle ages  can  be heard  Sundays and  Tues-
days at  3:30  P.M.  A booklet of  the  museum's
lectures  and   special  exhibitions  will   be  sent
on  request.
Ounces   of   Prevention

Keep   an    indexed    notebook   of   member's
names   with   you:   for   phoning  and  writing
A.A.s. Call a member  when  you  have  jitters,
depression,  discouragement,  resentment .  .  .
When you can't sleep, write a letter to an A.A.
in  Service or  on  the  road  and  out of  touch.
Put a  habit-forming  reminder in your shaving
or  make-up  kit.   This  starts   the  day  with  a
  .     .     .      .     .     .     .

definite statement that you won't take a drink.
Make a  hospital call. When you feel  low, get
to  the next  meeting, anywhere in the area; or
go to one of  the  A.A.  luncheons.  Never  let
yourself  get   hungry.   For  that  five  o'clock
time  try  a  light  snack,  a  frosted  chocolate.
See our Time on Your Hands  Column . . . and
send us your own Ounces of Prevention.

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