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Old 11-06-2017   #161
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Re: (Why) Have we stopped reading fiction ?

I just watched that one. As much as I like the idea of being some sort of reading athlete I'm not touching anything that might make me sick, I'll stick to regular food. Unfortunately I loathe healthy food. My sleeping pattern has been awful since last December.

His quote about there being only 3 good reading hours in a day did interest me, because ideally I'd be reading for a few more.

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Maybe this is the age where you've to manage your pleasure like you manage your work, but I was irked by his use of such words as "optimize" , "biohack" and "streamline". His 6 tips:

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Re: (Why) Have we stopped reading fiction ?

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Maybe this is the age where you've to manage your pleasure like you manage your work, but I was irked by his use of such words as "optimize" , "biohack" and "streamline". His 6 tips:

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1. Stabilize Properly
2. Schedule
3. Biohacks
4. Sleep
5. Find Your Time
6. Streamline
Yes, I agree. I generally read as an alternative to such things. Not to finding time (and I think strategies can be helpful when you are struggling to find time to read), but I'm not interested in biohacks (I've rather gone off gore as I've got older) and the language of optimisation can be far too close to time and motion studies and ideas of employee productivity.

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Re: (Why) Have we stopped reading fiction ?

I've discovered that reading a book calms my anxiety, at least to some extent, whereas web-surfing does not. The book must be rich enough to engage my attention--and difficult, challenging books actually help rather than hinder this calming effect! Perhaps reading one thing (as opposed to hyperactively clicking through many things), simply distracts me from my own anxious thoughts and enables me to relax. But I'm inclined to see more in it. Maybe Schopenhauer was right: aesthetic contemplation suspends the will and the suffering associated with the will. I imagine that Bloom, Harold would dismiss this as an "idealism," and, following Nietzsche, assert the "agon" of great art (the ancient Greek tragedians vying with each other, etc.). But my own aesthetic experiences tend to be more Schopenhauerian (leaving aside agitation caused by some rock music, etc.). Even in Zapffe's reductive terms, reading a good book is more than distraction--probably distraction, sublimation, and anchoring all at once; and, in my opinion, sublimation and anchoring involve some values that can't always be easily dismissed or denigrated.
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