Persiflage, on 11 March 2011 - 12:17 PM, said:
Christian, on 11 January 2011 - 09:47 AM, said:
I'm still a little disappointed that, under Image, we don't have more participation in the "Lit" area. (Maybe threads like this one scare women away? That's not my intention.) I'll take whatever discussion I can get here, but I'm open to ways I might engage people further, draw out some more comments in this area. What's it gonna take? Anyone have a suggestion?
I've been reading Johnson again, and have just started another Bolano book. I'll put my comments about those books in author- and book-specific threads.
Based on your recommendation, I've also picked up a copy of The Savage Detectives
As I'm making an effort to post more in the Books Subsection at A&F, I'm starting to see what you mean. It seems like there are 20-30 threads being discussed in the film and music sections every day, while we're lucky to discuss even two threads on literature a day. It's not going to discourage me from trying to build up participation and more comments here, but looks like it's going to take a little more work than I thought.
Turn off the television and/or DVD player a couple nights a week everyone. Opening up a good book every evening or so is good for the soul.
Thanks. And sorry for missing this until now.
Yeah, turning off the TV -- and the computer, or Internet-enabled devices! -- is a big part of making time for reading. But once you do get rid of that "clutter," there are other things to do besides read. Or, as is often the case, I find myself with time to read and I ... pick up one of the many magazines that quickly pile up. I like to go through all of them
-- that's why I subscribe to them. No, I never read every article in every issue. But reading just the articles that interest me, across a few different weekly and monthly magazines, can consume enough time that it puts a dent in my novel/book reading. I feel oddly proud if I make it through a New Yorker short story -- or any article in the New Yorker, to which I subscribed just a few months ago. That's right: Knowing I have a magazine "problem," I added to it with another dense, frequently received magazine.
But those New Yorker articles can be fantastic. I also just finished with the latest issue of the Atlantic. As usual, I was initially disappointed when I first paged through the issue, but ended up reading a couple of the articles toward the back. This time, I also read two -- count 'em, TWO -- features! And they were very good.
Then there are the nights when I get the kids to bed, clear some time, get ready for bed (so I won't have to stop my reading several minutes before my usual bedtime; best to get that out of the way first, I've found), then get into my reading chair, or bed ... and fall asleep within minutes.
Hey, this happens when I sit down to watch a TV show or movie, too! All the time. Reading is no different.
But then there are times when I take public transportation. That's good reading time. Happened last night, in fact. Long waiting times for the Metro trains mean I got through a decent chunk of Kafka on the Shore
, for which progress had been quite slow. Maybe I'll go update that thread.
I do appreciate that you've been actively feeding this forum, Jeremy. It's not as though your efforts have been in vain. You've generated several good replies (yes, I keep tabs on all threads here). I'm sorry you're feeling like the input hasn't paid off in ways you had hoped, but based on my tracking of this area over the years, I've detected an uptick not just of interest, but in quality of posts. Don't know that I could specify that in any way; it's just a feeling based on memories of activities here over the years.
Getting back to the original point of this thread, it may be that our Lit forum lags a bit because, as has often been stated here (often by me), A&F is mostly guys. And guys just don't read.
We're all agreed on that, no?
Most of the people in this world who do the regular, even heavy reading are female. You'll find a male every now and then that's an avid reader, but they're few and far between. This thread is evidence of that.
But don't let that get you down!
Edited by Christian, 19 March 2011 - 03:28 PM.