June 2011

Why Bother Reading Books?

The Independent has an interesting article by Johann Hari about the experience of reading books, and why reading books is different from reading anything else. I'm particularly interested in this topic because, as life makes it harder and harder for me to sit down and focus on a book for a long stretch of time, I find myself asking the same question: Why bother?

It's a good question. Also, I just stopped after writing that last bit, and checked Twitter. It's a disease, I tell you. As Hari points out, trying to read a book in a room with an active computer "can feel like trying to read in the middle of a party where everyone is shouting."