Reading, hopefully not less of it
I’ve never been the best reader. I never been the best writer, either. But I like doing both a great deal. They are both, unfortunately, easy habits to break. And I guess they’re important, but to me there just kind of what I do or at least what I’ve always done. I don’t even know if any of it’s good for me. But I do know that I don’t want to get worse at it. It seems other people have the same worries.
Books have always been time machines, in a sense. Today, their time-machine powers are even more obvious — and even more inspiring. They can transport us to a pre-internet frame of mind. Those solitary journeys are all the more rich for their sudden strangeness.
The lesson from his binge-watching study is that if you want to remember the things you watch and read, space them out. I used to get irritated in school when an English-class syllabus would have us read only three chapters a week, but there was a good reason for that. Memories get reinforced the more you recall them, Horvath says. If you read a book all in one stretch—on an airplane, say—you’re just holding the story in your working memory that whole time. “You’re never actually reaccessing it,” he says.
I guess I don’t know maybe this is just a super simple stance, but I really like literacy and I like it when people read and write and make new things and have new opinions. It’s like the absolute most obvious stance to have well I suppose it’s important to put that somewhere. I think the stuff is interesting, so I’m reading it, and sharing it. I hope you share the stuff that you find interesting, But mostly I hope you at least read it. I thought that’s what we were all doing here, but I guess we all ended up getting harangued into doing something else.