Happy first week of Lent! I'm writing a simple update this time. I'd like to make this a recurring format so that I can push out regular content rather than waiting until I have something polished to share. What I'm Reading: Ever so slowly, I finished Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio and am now working through … Continue reading Lent and Comedy Divine
Reading and Moral Superiority
In an essay for The Atlantic, Thomas Williams criticizes book skeptics, like Kanye West, who proudly admit their disdain of books. Micah Mattix, in turn, criticizes Thomas Williams: "Listen, lots of people never read books. The vast majority of people who have lived on this planet have never read at all. This isn’t a virtue, … Continue reading Reading and Moral Superiority
How the Used Bookstore Near Me Stays in Business: Update May 16, 2019
I share about a recent visit to my local used bookstore. How has it stayed in business while Amazon dominates the market?
An Assortment of Kings: Update April 15, 2019
In which I got some sweet books from a used book sale and started reading Sanderson's 'The Way of Kings' despite initial misgivings. Brief updates too on my essay and fiction writing.
Medieval Peasants Worked Less Than You: Fake News?
A few days ago, a headline popped up on my phone stating that the average American works more hours per year than medieval peasants did. Is that really true?
Reading Hacks: How I Read 40% More Books in 2017
Spoilers: 1. I used multiple book formats, including a lot more audio. 2. Though my overall book count was higher, my average page count per book was lower. 3. I built up some habits focused on quality reading time (i.e., less TV and social media), and in the end these habits were more effective than aiming for a specific number.