The choice of serious reading material
is telling, as is the option of writing in cursive
or print. I’m sure that these subjects are high
on your ‘A’ list. Readin’ and Writin’.
As I was talking to a man in Dade County,
he said, “I only read crime or science fiction.”
His reason was that he has to be kept on the
edge of suspense with the most outrageous
and thrilling episodes, or else he loses interest.
I’m sure he gets what he pays for. Is this what
our viral, millennium society is searching for?
I can’t comment on the popular paperbacks that
appeal to women, but I see all the sex and style
titles on the New York Times, best selling list.
Is this what consumes the entrepreneurial minds
of our young mothers and future intellectuals?
Does anyone read Dostoyevsky, Pasternak,
Joyce, Hardy, Margaret Lawrence or Atwood.
These are the recognized academia of literature
who agonize over theme, character and subject.
Perhaps, I’m too old fashioned. To me a good book
has to at least won a Pulitzer or be recommended
by a friend from my book club. Today, if the novel
hasn’t been turned into a screenplay it is not valued.
What makes a book great is that it has wide appeal
and can be marketed and merchandized. If it can
be turned into a franchise, the moguls start buying.
Some authors even write with a movie star in mind
to accept the academy award. Is this reasonable?
In the last century, as in this one, I’ve always printed.
That is not to say that I don’t respect those who can
express themselves with a flourishing penmanship.
With the advent of computers, smart phones, texting,
schools only teach in an upper or lower case, Arial.
For once, I’m ahead of the curve as a draughtsman.
My grandkids can’t even read cursive. Their first
intro to flow, form, balance and composition is lost
to a block typeset. How many artists, musicians and
poets are held back due to an automated curriculum.
Don’t read the book, wait for the movie! Let Disney
tell you what to imagine and say. Now that you’ve
got to the end of this masterwork, are you bored out
of your mind or are you sitting there with pen in hand?
Readin’ and writin’ is also a reasonably pastime.
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of Told In Time, ~ Set For A New Record