New Adventures, Old Traditions
Published on November 26, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about my boredom with routine and also the value of traditions.

Here's an excerpt:

"Some people can listen to the same CD over and over again.

I’m not one of those people.

Even my most recently purchased CDs seldom get played more than once in a row, and I usually buy several CDs at the same time to ensure that I have a variety of new music to keep me entertained.

I have a similar attitude toward almost everything I do.

I rarely rewatch movies, though there are exceptions: I picked up a copy of the 2008 Coen Brothers comedy 'Burn After Reading' after reading an essay on how the film resembles the Petraeus scandal, and I’ve been keeping my eye on the film schedule at Proctors, because I’d like to see 'The Wild Bunch' on the big screen.

Proctors is screening the American Film Institute’s top 100 films, which is a great idea and something I wholeheartedly support. But I have yet to attend a single screening, for a simple reason: I’ve seen all of those movies. And if I’m going to repeat myself, rather than expose myself to something different and new, there should be a good reason.

As a result, I hardly ever reread books, preferring to tackle works (and usually authors) that are new to me. I like to check out new venues for art and music, and read essays and articles that can introduce me to things I’ve never heard of or thought about before. I like to try different foods, and visit new restaurants and bars."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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