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19 March 2008 @ 08:20 pm
The quote is from here, but it's about the most ridiculously shocking thing I've heard all month, and that includes the changes in LJ and the death of A.C. Clarke...

"Research shows that the vast majority of Americans didn’t read a single book last year — and most haven’t read a book by choice since graduating high school or college."


I'm willing to bet the numbers for this from my f-list are WAY higher. Still, if this applies to any of you, maybe you should read the article. It's from lifehack, so odds are it will only help.

I'd like to know what specific research this is that they're quoting and if it was skewed, 'cause that's just wrong.
Current Mood: shockedshocked
Robyn Goodfellow: booktowerrobyngoodfellow on March 20th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
It always makes me sad when people say they don't read. I mean, there are so many worlds closed to them!
Fritters: Zim google-eyes by inanefritters on March 20th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
What I don't understand is don't these people have any curiousity? Do they think they know absolutely everything they will ever need to know? Yeah, fiction is worlds and worlds of coolness people are missing, but non-fiction is the world these people actually live in, and they're not interested?
lironesslironess on March 20th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
T'aint me. I read a whole book at least once a week. Sometimes I will stay up an finish one in a night. Once when I was a kid we had a contest in school. Do a book report and put your name on a label. The label went on a drawing of a segmented book worm. I did 9 book reports before the rest of the segments were filled, and although I had read about 9 books a week (I did not sleep or do much else besides red) the other kids were convinced that it was impossible to read 9 books in the 4-5 month period that we did the contest. I won an order to one of those book clubs that passed out fliers for cheep children's books. It was great, my teacher kept telling to pick more until I got about 10 or so books. I think I still have at least one.
Frittersfritters on March 20th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
That's great. I just don't understand people who don't want to read...
postrophe on March 20th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
"550,000 Elvises can’t be wrong."...

Sadly, this describes most of the folx I work with...

(Not all. I wish I could get One of my coworkers to meet you guys.. I knew, when he started quoting Tom Lehrer at me...)
Fritters: TT Robin Shocked by Frittersfritters on March 20th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
Most of them don't read at ALL??
postrophe on March 20th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
One girl reads self-help/spiritual/personal pathway books at lunch. Another is always in the finance pages, and keeps current with all the commodity market doings - which fits his personality. Another brings his newspaper every day... in russian. A few others can't have lunch without a comics page or fishing magazine or something.. but they leave it half finished. Too busy talking, etc...

The rest: don't know about at home... but there's always the possibility of the TV guide or sports page, I guess.
Phoenix Anew: Something stinks..phoenix_anew on March 20th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if it really is a "vast majority" but I'm not entirely surprised.

Have you ever heard the Bill Hicks bit about how he was sitting in a diner in some southern state and had the waitress walk up to him and ask "What you reading for?" as if no one would actually want to do so. I'm willing to bet he based that on truth and not entirely exaggeration.

When I was in college, I used to read between classes. I repeatedly would have people walk up to me and just start talking to me like I wasn't doing anything at all. It was incredibly annoying and after a while the only thing I could think of was that most people don't understand reading for pleasure and therefore must have thought I wanted to be interupted.

I haven't taken a poll or anything but I'm willing to bet about half of the people I hang out with on a regular basis don't read books. Same with my coworkers. My family throws the curve a bit because we're all pretty much a group of readers, whether it be fiction, nonfiction or self help of some kind.
Fritters: Cat Goes Pbtht by iconfetishfritters on March 20th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I've never heard that story, but wow. I'm used to people interrupting reading, too, but I always assumed they were just rude and didn't care that they were bothering me.

"What are you reading for"... Wow. We all need to move to country where people read.
Phoenix Anewphoenix_anew on March 21st, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)

In case you wanted to see it.. :)
"You know, that snake girl..."thatsnakegirl on March 20th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
I believe it. I tried talking to my coworkers ONCE about literature, and I felt like I'd been transported to the monkey cage at the zoo. All vaguely human but blank stares.
Fritters: Zim google-eyes by inanefritters on March 20th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to think there are two different species on this planet that look the same 0_o
postrophe on March 21st, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Sad truth is: Most people are too busy living...
(Even sadder: I love reading and I can barely fit a few pages in these days. Remember how I despaired when you & Krystal kept on giving me books I had to learn something from? Most of them are still unread... just plain no time...)
dc_morgenstern on March 25th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
I agree about the two species thing, I just wish there was some visible difference so I can find those of our species and avoid the others.

My parents even adopted one of the other species, I was totally shocked when I realized that the reason she reads so poorly is because she actually doesn't want to read!
Fritters: Zim google-eyes by inanefritters on March 25th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
You could start most conversations with strangers with "Read any good books lately?" and see if they react as though you've grown a second head...
dc_morgenstern on March 25th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Good idea, but do you think it'll work?

I see one huge flaw: I don't typically speak to strangers unless a financial transaction is involved. (you know, like wait staff, store clerks, &*%* Comcast employees)
Fritters: Ed Thinking by Frittersfritters on March 25th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
I see one huge flaw: I don't typically speak to strangers unless a financial transaction is involved.

You'd make more friends if you did.

But yeah, it couldn't HURT, could it? I've used that line once or twice just for fun and seem to remember at least one person did answer "I don't read."
dc_morgenstern on March 25th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
"You'd make more friends if you did."

True. It's just not something I'm any good at. Once the conversation's begun, it's ok, but this "icebreaker" thing that so many others find so easy, I do not.

Besides, if I haven't already spoken with someone, how am I to know I want to speak with them?

What's that? I find out by actually speaking to them in the first place?
Frittersfritters on March 26th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
What helps for me on icebreakers is often a sincere compliment. If I find myself thinking someone's purse or watch or something is awesome, I tell them. It always makes people happy to know someone thinks their taste is cool.

FYI, that works with libraries and library books, too. I know you go there sometimes. And you KNOW people you meet in a library are readers.
dc_morgenstern on March 26th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
I did consider trying the library thing, but I never noticed anyone reading anything I'd find interesting... Maybe libraries out there work better. I mean, if nothing else, I'm sure I could find interesting people at the Huntington. ;)