Further to yesterday’s discussion, a question from urbando:
Do you read any fiction for pleasure? I figured you were probably firmly on the side of non-fiction in your reading habits but thought I’d ask. Since I don’t have TV or cable or Netflix the screen in my den stays dark and I entertain myself via youtube vids and reading fiction.
If you have any recommendations I’d be most interested; I’m always looking for good fiction to read.
I thought it best to turn this one over to the rest of the Dirty Two Dozen, as a lot of you seem to be avid fiction readers, and some are even fiction writers! (good on ya). That’s one reason, anyway….
…the other, shameful one is: I don’t read much of anything these days. For whatever reason — work, personal life, just generally being in the doldrums (as happens to all of us) — these days I have the attention span of a concussed hamster. I can’t really sink into a good novel anymore, and when I try nonfiction, I sink back into old grad school habits.* I’d say “I haven’t finished more than a few books since [date],” but I really don’t want to know.
So have at it, gang — help a brother out.
*”Sink or skim,” as the phrase is. Graduate school, being a product of a medieval tradition “updated” by the Prussians, has insane work requirements, which is why no one can, should, or does follow them to the letter. Much like “comprehensive exams,” which really did cover everything back when it was possible to read everything in a sustained course of study, the grad syllabus assumes there are a handful of books other than Summa Theologiae in the world, and that one can therefore read one or two books a week. For four or five classes. Which can’t really be done in modern life, so you skim it. That’s where the formulas of academic prose really help btw — you can easily skim, because everything’s written in that same puffy style and it’s easy to cut the fat.Loading Likes...