Very interesting and well-written article here. If you're too busy to read it, uh, you're part of the problem (or something like that).

I actually think about this often; I work in/manage a book store, after all, and I get to see first hand what folks read. I know the demographics are different for each region blah blah blah, but I do dwell on it more than a normal person would. I see who buys what, what sells, and what doesn't sell. And what I know is that yes, there may be many folks out there that read a lot for pleasure--and read often--but they are few and far between.

And only a small percentage of these readers (which is a small percentage to being with) actually read something worthwhile. Blah blah blah elitist blah blah. Sure, maybe; but it is possible to read something for fun that is exciting AND well-done AND good for discussion. Reading as escapism just isn't a good thing.

posted, with grace and poise, by Jason @ 9/20/2006 10:44:00 PM,


At 11:21 AM, Blogger Erica said...

It's so easy when you're a person who loves to read, especially if you're like me and don't even have a TV, to get caught in the escapism.

You're tired from your day, and you just want to veg out so you pick up a 'fluffy' book, and another the next day, and another until suddenly you're standing in front of a row of spy thrillers and armchair mysteries thinking, "I haven't read anything substantial in..."


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