02-25-2008 02:57 PM - edited 02-26-2008 11:26 AM
Hello there, Book Explorers:
I have to say I have very mixed feelings about the Writers Guild of America’s strike coming to an end. Please note that this remark should not be seen as anti-labor and has nothing to do with the revenue “content creators” earn from current and future technology. No, it really comes down to this: I watch as much good stuff and crap on TV as anyone and I have gotten lots more reading done since most of the shows I watch have either disappeared or lapsed into reruns.
You might ask: Don’t you have the discipline to ignore your TV and just read? You might as well ask: Why don’t you stop buying Trader Joe’s ice cream bon-bons? What can I say? Sometimes after a long day –- particularly my kind of long day made up of many phone calls, emails and work-related reading –- I just like to give my brain a rest.
But a month or so into the writer’s strike I began reading fiction almost every evening -- except for when I rented the first season of The Closer, which I hadn’t watched. It will be interesting now to see if I can keep that reading trend going.
One more time: I love writers, I am married to one and I am not anti-labor. Maybe one result of the strike will be like one of those baby booms nine months after a blackout. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that when the writers put their pencils down American did the same with their remotes and read more books?
I’d like to know: Did you get more reading done? Will you keep it going? Or are you going to be watching Dancing with the Stars?
Also, how about all that great exposure for books at the Oscars last night (I watched!)? There’s already an active discussion about Atonement going on in our Book Explorers community. Any Cormac McCarthy fans out there? I love his books but haven’t read No Country for Old Men yet. Have you? I haven’t read Oil! Have you?
Message Edited by ande on 02-26-2008 11:26 AM
02-25-2008 10:13 PM - edited 02-25-2008 10:19 PM
Message Edited by tgem on 02-25-2008 08:19 PM
02-26-2008 12:30 AM
I would like to point out that saying There Will be Blood is inspired by Oil! by Upton Sinclair is like saying Fargo was inspired by Rand McNally. It was a terrific read in any event.
02-26-2008 11:12 AM
ande wrote: Sometimes after a long day –- particularly my kind of long day made up of many phone calls, emails and work-related reading –- I just like to give my brain a rest.
Amen -- thank goodness the strike is over! The queue in my DVR was getting shorter and shorter and filled with things to watch only as a desperate last resort measure (though, sadly, not even nearly good enough to be labeled a guilty pleasure). Gossip Girls, Cashmere Mafia, anyone? Yeesh.
But they sure make New York City look pretty.
02-26-2008 11:24 AM
"Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors." - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
02-26-2008 01:07 PM
Crystal8i8 wrote:I sometimes wonder at the things I watch on TV... Do all these older shows make me an old soul in a 24 year olds body? Or am I just wise beyond my days? Being forced into adulthood at an early age probably didn't help.
I read and knit and dance. Compulsively feel yarn. Consume books. Darn tights. Drink too much caffiene. All that good stuff.
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