Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Intellectual curiosity is an aphrodisiac. I'm no elitist, but I do have high standards for certain things, especially when it comes to having a clue about current events and a passion for reading in general.

Book & Language Snob
You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every book ever published. You are a fountain of endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and never fail to impress at a party.

What people love: You can answer almost any question people ask, and have thus been nicknamed Jeeves.

What people hate: You constantly correct their grammar and insult their paperbacks.

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I couldn't care less what "paperbacks" you read, just as long as you're reading something! Well, except for Danielle Steele and her ilk. That's crap! ;-)

I simply can't relate to people that don't read.

There was a time when I'd read a book a week. All kinds, too, not just fiction. Ironically, the more I got into poetry, the less I read as my attention span got shorter and shorter. For a couple of years, newspapers and magazines were pretty much all I read, and I was lucky to get through 2-3 novels/year. And outside of anthologies, I was never a big fan of poetry books, preferring the live and in-person experience.

Over the past year or so, I've been reading a lot more, averaging a book a month - currenly lagging thanks to the impenetrable The Black House which I'm still slogging through - along with a ton of comics, magazines and newspapers. (And blogs!) An hour-long train commute helps, one of the things I cherish about city living. Time spent driving is valuable time lost and I believe our increasingly mobile society is as much to blame for our ills as anything else. Interestingly, books-on-tape do nothing for me, not even for poetry.

3 comments:

Dyanna said...

Its a double edged sword. I love that I'm a couple of miles away from work and that I can come home for lunch, but I miss having that downtime on the subway where I could catch up on my reading or look at my palm pilot and see what my week is going to be like. I end up missing more appointments than usual now and it takes me a week to get through one magazine. I was so programmed that when I get home, I rarely think to open up a book. And seriously, a book on tape? No thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hey Guy!
I heard your feature last night was a raving success...YAY! Sorry I couldn't make it. I had a previous engagement that couldn't be changed. I was with you in spirit man!

And I ended up being a book snob too!

MuffinGal said...

I turned out being a Food and Wine connoisseur. It's a fancy word for PIG! ;-)