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What's The Last Book You Read?

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Has anyone else here found their novel reading to be badly diminished ever since the internet and its wealth of fascinating/informative and readily digestible reading effectively became 'on-tap'? I used to always read books, but not anymore. Not for years.

It affecting things somewhat, at least for a while. It was my long overdue surrender to the advent of e-books (something I swore I'd never allow myself to get into—"It's just not the same as real pages!") that brought things back to a better balance. I used to carry a book with me wherever I went, to better use the time spent standing in lines, stuck on the side of the road, etc. Now I just pull out my phone, which goes everywhere I do anyway.

It's the invention of the tablet that makes things toughest, actually. I can read books on it, for sure, but I can also watch TV shows and movies the same way (and in the same places) as I can read a book, which was never the case before. Not that it's necessarily a terrible thing—you're just trading one type of storytelling for another—but I do wish I still read as much as I used to.

I could probably stand to read more new books instead of re-reading old favorites.

Yeah, that's a problem for me, too. I probably reread two oldies for every new book I take in.

Knocking out news has done wonders for my mental health and free time. Would highly recommend. If there's valuable news you won't miss it anyway.

This!

Double this! It also has the advantage of making life much less depressing, since the ratio of good news to bad is perennially way too low.

Because our lives aren't enriched by knowing a squirrel died on the side of the street in Vancouver or if Miley Cyrus ate the squirrel or if a bearded woman won some singing competition.

Actually, Miley Cyrus ate the bearded woman. It was the squirrel that won the singing competition. (Pay attention to details, man. . . .)

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Again, cutting news completely out of ones life leads to ignorance.

Ignorance about the world, ignorance about the human condition.

Except I don't think anyone was suggesting that they cut it completely from their life. Not all of us make it a part of our daily routine anymore, that's all. I have ways of keeping up with things that don't involve Fox and CNN for the long haul (something you said yourself leads to insanity).

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I tend to rely on Reddit for news. If it's important, it pops up there. And I appreciate the wide spectrum of commentary and perspectives that come with it.

Again, cutting news completely out of ones life leads to ignorance.
Ignorance about the world, ignorance about the human condition.


I can't stand people who live in a bubble. They tend to be stupid.

I can't stand you either!

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Sex and porn have very little to do with each other.

What do you mean, not worldly?

Inexperienced! Simplistic rather than sophisticated in world views!

That's what you get for learning about the world vicariously through a television set!

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Why don't you read the news as needed instead of watching it religiously anyway? Do you need to be spoon-fed emotional imagery?

I would imagine people on a film industry forum would appreciate and understand the manipulative power of imagery, editing, and music!

I DON'T watch news for the same reason I enjoy and watch films.

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I started to read the recent Ms Marvel run starring Kamala Khan as the main character. (Kamala is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim nerd who writes Avengers fanfics, idolizes Carol Danvers and feels trapped by European white beauty standards. I guess Peter Parker is just tired these days?) So far it has all the superhero stuff, just done in small ways and it's adorable in general. They're never going to make a Marvel movie like this, I suppose.

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: A captivating novel. The story of three Calcuttans, two brothers and a young woman, and how the death of one them haunts the other two and in a way rules their lives and choices ever since. After a slow burning start the book simply whisked me away into the world of these people, their choices and their lives. At times the achingly piercing insights or rather the subtly masterful depiction of human condition and personal psychology makes the drama of the book so compelling and the characterization so excellent even though the story after moments of high drama focuses on the depiction of everyday tribulations of these people.

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