Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise � Bleccchhh Looks like we have a new term. Blooks, as in blogs being printed as books. Ed Bott’s not buying it.
I know that this is going to sound really really horrible and I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I can’t remember the last time I read an actual book. It’s been years. I am a voracious reader and subscribe to hundreds of RSS feeds and read all kinds of content online — but I seem to have given up books — and probably for good.
Am I better off or worse off for this? Certainly I used to read much more fiction. I used to read a lot of philosophy. Now I read none. I think I actually read more than I used to but it’s in shorter blog post type articles and less books. I keep telling myself that I’m finally going to read a book. I planned on reading JD Lasica’s book. I’m still planning on reading John Battelle’s new book. But the reality of the situation is that there simply is no time to do so. With a job, kids, a photography obsession (lately I’ve convinced myself that I MUST post 10 new photos of quality each day to Flickr, I have no idea where I get these obsessive traits), the blog, email, podcasts, administering a couple of Flickr groups, my RSS feeds, an unrelated non-profit that I run, etc. etc. there simply is no more room or time in my life for books. I barely even have time for TV anymore. I still have two episodes of Six Feet Under to watch from last season that ended months ago (in high def of course) and that’s the only thing I watched last season.
Somehow I feel intellectually inferior for admitting that I don’t read books anymore — but this has become my digital life. In college I always prided myself on my reading. How did I go from reading eveything Nietzsche wrote and writing papers like Friedrich Nietzsche and the politics of transfiguration in grad school to looking up short Nietzsche quotes on Think Exist today? “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” — Nietzsche