What are the joys of re-reading? In some books you see new things, things that you weren’t ready for at the outset. I remember standing in a queue (I was either 16 or so, or possibly 19) at the library and another punter was borrowing a whole wodge of Simenon’s Maigret books. And I said to him “yeah, I like those, but after a while there’s a certain sameness.” And the guy – kindly – said “maybe the sameness is in you?” And he was, of course, totally right. Even at 19 you (well, I didn’t) just have far too little life experience to make use of/appreciate what is going on.
Same with decent films – you see new stuff, especially when you are no longer hung up on finding out What Happens. You can appreciate the skill and artistry involved. I’ve seen a couple of episodes of season 4 of the Wire again. My goodness what a great show it is, greater on the re-watch.
The book I’ve probably read the most? Dr Who and the Green Death by Malcolm Hulke. Probably read it about 5 or 6 times. It’s a good read (but I was 8, and obsessed with Doctor Who at the time). “Proper” book in terms of fiction? No idea. Will think on it more. Non-fiction? I’ve read “World Orders, Old and News” by Noam Chomsky about three or four times…
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? Seen that about 9 times (but not since about 1995)
The Bourne Supremacy Probably seen that about 6 or 7 times
There are episodes of Sex and the City I can talk along with the dialogue (Mrs Towers is to blame)
Tom Lehrer albums
Paul Kelly – couple of the late 80s albums I have listened to dozens and dozens of times.