June 23rd, 2010 / 11:33 pm
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How do you read so much?

72 Comments

  1. ryan

      I try to make sure I read at least two hours in a day, because otherwise my brain starts to feel kind of lonely and I get depressed.

      TV (or, I suppose the advertisements) gives me a headache these days. I can still get sucked into an episode of Law and Order, but I need to walk away during the commericals.

  2. JimR

      No TV, deadlines.

  3. magick mike

      i have this problem fairly regularly

  4. magick mike

      i enjoy reading more than i enjoy most other things, so i allot more time to reading than i allot to most other things

  5. Alexis Orgera

      My problem, the one that prompted my question, is that I pile 8 or 10 books onto my desk and get overwhelmed by which one to read first. Eventually I get there, but it feels like “the mood has to strike.”
      Re: tv. I just got tv again after a year without. The cool part is that I don’t want to channel surf anymore. I’ll watch sports or an occasional show, and that’s it. Maybe that’ll help my reading habits.

  6. jackie corley

      3.5 hours of commuting everyday. reading on the bus makes the pain go away.

  7. Alexis Orgera

      not really.

  8. Tyler

      I’m still debating the pages vs. hours per day goals. Right now, I’m going for an hour and a half a day in a book/journal, not counting online stuff (another hour or two).

      BUTTTT:

      What are we counting?
      Just books?
      Lit Mags?
      Is there a difference when it comes to poetry?
      How does online reading factor in?

  9. Sam J. Miller

      Subway subway subway! Seriously, i find myself scheduling meetings as far from my office as physically possible, so that I can duck out of work in the middle of the day and get a solid hour of reading done in the over-air-conditioned splendor of NYC transit…

  10. Morningstar

      Because even in Arcadia…

  11. stephen

      yeah, i do that too. hour or so both ways.

  12. ryan

      It’s not really a goal for me, I just feel super-shitty if I don’t do it.

      I don’t count online reading because it only makes me feel shittier, and more depressed. Usually it’s two hours of re-reading old poems, or an Emerson essay. Sometimes it’ll be whatever fiction thing I’m reading at the moment, though usually not.

  13. ryan

      I am seriously addicted to online reading. I’ve got all these fucking blogs and news sites that I constantly check and I don’t know why. I don’t even really enjoy it. It’s like an itch. Scratch scratch scratch.

  14. ryan

      I seem to be very good at constantly doing things I don’t really enjoy.

  15. Guest

      I hear ya, Ryan. I actually read at least 50 pages before writing fiction. I used to worry that doing so would lead me to imitate that writer’s style/voice, but not anymore. My facility with language is much sharper if I go to the page, or screen, with an hour or so of reading under my belt.

  16. Jordan

      Seconded. But isn’t the question la la la a little like how do you breathe so much?

      Why you so fat?

      Etc

  17. JimR

      No TV, deadlines.

  18. Jordan

      Seconded. But isn’t the question la la la a little like how do you breathe so much?

      Why you so fat?

      Etc

  19. Adam

      I’m a mailman. Audiobooks while walking my neighborhood, brick and mortar books on breaks and lunch, and plenty of alone time to think about it all.

  20. Guest

      I’m a mailman. Audiobooks while walking my neighborhood, brick and mortar books on breaks and lunch, and plenty of alone time to think about it all.

  21. whoaaah

      every time i am on a train i get more reading done than i have that week (be it subway- or commuter-)

  22. whoaaah

      every time i am on a train i get more reading done than i have that week (be it subway- or commuter-)