Reading time

I remember reading an interview with Jeremy Irons a while ago discussing his role in the film Kafka (claim to fame – I know (and worked with) the camera assistant who worked on the shoot in Prague). When asked whether or not he’d read much of Kafka’s oeuvre, he said no, and that he didn’t read much at all because whenever he was reading he felt like he should be doing something else instead. (Ironic, then, that he’s since recorded several audio books).
This struck me because I feel almost exactly the opposite: I’m always trying to find time to read, and plan to use the odd moments here and there during the day to catch up on books and magazines. One of the things I miss about taking the metro to work, as opposed to driving, is the twenty minutes each way where I could sit down and read a chapter/article or two. On the two lunchtimes a week when I don’t have a language class, life drawing group or badminton, I read while I eat. I read in the gents. I try to read while eating breakfast, although that’s not very practical as I usually have to supervise one or more of our daughters as they eat theirs
And yet it’s still not enough. The magazines and books pile up.
Short of quitting my job in order to have the day free for reading, I don’t have many options other than resigning myself to that fact that I can’t read everything I want to, and trying to make sure that I don’t waste precious reading time on rubbish.

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One thought on “Reading time

  1. simonlitton October 16, 2007 / 4:27 pm

    Comments from:

    anonymous
    Posted on Sep. 26th, 2007 04:11 pm (local)
    I read a lot as a kid and as a young adult, I read a lot of books. Somewhere in my 30s my reading habits started to swing. I now read almost entirely non-fiction–magazine articles and blogs and bits and pieces I find online as well as non-fiction books. I only read a few fiction books a year–a fact that astounds me considering my past habits.

    Tina
    Posted on Sep. 26th, 2007 05:06 pm (local)
    I feel the same way–so many books, so little time. I’m fortunate in that I read extremely fast, so I can still manage to fit a decent bit of reading in during most weeks, but the fact remains that there are so many books I probably won’t get to. And yes, I miss reading on the metro too…can’t wait to be living in a city/country again with a good metro system. Oh–and thanks for your lovely Flickr comment(s).

    Simon
    Posted on Sep. 26th, 2007 08:12 pm (local)
    Funny you should mention flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonlitton/1443194683/

    Jane
    Posted on Sep. 26th, 2007 10:27 pm (local)
    He felt like he should be doing something else instead. Extraordinary. That is so alien to my attitude toward reading. Hmmmm.

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