14 August 2009

Sloooow Down

The Lost Art of Reading, by NY Times book editor, David Ulin

"These days, however, after spending hours reading e-mails and fielding phone calls in the office, tracking stories across countless websites, I find it difficult to quiet down. I pick up a book and read a paragraph; then my mind wanders and I check my e-mail, drift onto the Internet, pace the house before returning to the page. Or I want to do these things but don't. I force myself to remain still, to follow whatever I'm reading until the inevitable moment I give myself over to the flow. Eventually I get there, but some nights it takes 20 pages to settle down. What I'm struggling with is the encroachment of the buzz, the sense that there is something out there that merits my attention, when in fact it's mostly just a series of disconnected riffs and fragments that add up to the anxiety of the age."

Speaking of reading, watch out! Next week we're having a drawing to win a book!

"Which book?!" you squeal with unbridled anticipation, sure you will be the one to win it.

"Uh, I don't know yet. I have all weekend to figure that out. Just check back on Monday to find out!"

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