I recently checked out a book of essays by Doris Lessing from the library – a writer I am not familiar with — found by mere happenstance and selected entirely by virtue of fact that the first essay was about Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice,” a favorite writer and an all-time favorite book.
So I was floored when in the course of reading the book, it turns out that practically every other essay (exaggerating a bit) addresses or mentions a Persian-centric topic — ranging from Sa’adi to dervishes and Sufis, to Rumi and Ferdosi and Shanameh, to oh my God, an essay even discussing the very obscure Kalileh & Demneh!
….. While contemplating this very thought, and marveling at how I seem to be on an “All Persian All the Time” channel of consciousness, I opened the book at complete random and was greeted by this paragraph:
“It is a fact as yet unknown to science that when you tackle a new subject then suddenly it is everywhere, on the television, in the newspapers, on the radio, people start talking about it, an overheard conversation on a bus — there it is again, and a book falls open at just that relevant place.”