Sunday, March 5, 2006
Saturday, March 4, 2006
I make to-do lists.
And, although it is one of my favorite things to do, reading is not on my list.
What makes it on the list are mostly social obligations and conventions:
housecleaning and maintenance, call so-and-so, send thank you notes,
file taxes, laundry, shower --
things I might opt out of if my friends and family enabled my reading habit.
An indicator of how good a book is -- is how long it takes to read --
and what goes undone.
Here's my rating system:
A 1 DAY READ
To-do list? Sleep?
A 2 DAYS READ
The to-do list is buried under piles of laundry and empty cans of green beans and stew eaten cold.
A 3 DAYS READ
My friends and family have sent out search parties but only found a food-stained to-do list.
TAKES MORE THAN A WEEK
OR LESS THAN A DAY
I might as well do everything on the to-do list, damn-it.
I'm not sure why I'm reading this book.
In desperation I may start multiple books.
You know it's bad when your own thoughts carry you away on permanent vacation
and you reread the same sentence over and over.