reading Great Lit or reading for fun was The Importance of Keeping in Touch. LONG! and largely OT.
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Wed Jan 12 10:57:02 EST 2005
On Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at 04:31 AM, Rowland, Jennifer A B
> Ania wrote:
>> Something I observed and promptly came to terms with is that I no
>> longer bother reading 'worthy' books, aka Proper Literature.
>> I used to, but quite frankly I cannot be bothered. ...
>> So, on one hand hefty non-fiction, on the other, entirely frivolous
>> stuff. Is this a common phenomenon on this list?
> I don't know about common on the list, but certainly most of my
> reading at the moment is sf/fantasy, mysteries, comedy, and
> non-fiction. (I'm currently reading "In the beginning was the worm",
> about the science and the people involved in mapping and sequencing
> the /C. elegans/ [*] nematode. Strongly recommended.)
> (I do read Real Lit from time to time, but these days it's mostly a]
> rereading things I love or b] things that give the same buzz of
> Difference that SF does, like Homer or Lady Murasaki. I decided that I
> would give up on trying to be well-read, because anyone who cares if
> I've read Dostoyevsky would sneer at me for reading Bujold anyway, so
> I may as well stick to things I actually *enjoy*.)
This thread reminds me of a revelation I had about 1993. It dawned on
I was _not_ the Custodian of Western Civilization and, therefore, I
to keep books I didn't enjoy and books I didn't plan to read again or
probably wasn't going to read ever. I have gotten rid of a lot of
then, only one or two of which I have ever pined for.
At the time, I lived in a town with a major university [Michigan] and
at another university, so I had access to some pretty good libraries.
I live in SW Colorado, and don't. But I still get along. [I _did_
a copy of _The Two Noble Kinsmen_, because, back in the days when my
complete Shakespeare was put together, TTNK wasn't part of the canon
and I've never read it. My sister still lives in SE Michigan and _saw_
at Stratford, Ontario. Well, she's ahead of me on that one ....]
Anyway, you don't have to read it -- whatever it is -- if you don't
unless it's [a] required for a course you're taking or [b] necessary to
what you do for a living. On another paw, exercising your reading
muscles can be a good thing. So there you are -- a totally wishy-
washy response ... :-)
If at first the idea is not absurd, then there
is no hope for it.
- A. Einstein
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