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Reading and Listening

The library didn't have New Moon on audio (though the computer said "Look on shelf" -- our library lies all the time), so I picked up the physical, dead-tree-and-ink-and-glue, typeset-by-professionals, complete-with-typos, can't-really-read-it-while-you're-doing-dishes book. I've become very fond of audiobooks this past several months -- I very much like having a story to listen to in the shower, while I do housework, while I'm out walking, while I wait for the bus, while I'm on BART, etc. -- but this afternoon I've been reading New Moon, and I've remembered one of the benefits of reading, rather than listening to a book: speed. I read to myself much more quickly than an actor reads a story aloud. I can't generally finish an entire book in a day or two when I'm listening to an audiobook, but when reading that's absolutely possible (and common).

I also started a new audiobook today: Umberto Eco's The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, which is very funny. It's about a guy who wakes up to find that he remembers everything he's ever read, but nothing about himself or his life. So it's just crammed full of literary allusions, because all he knows is books. I'm sure I'm not catching them all, but I'm catching enough to amuse myself. Thus far, it is less dense than the other Eco books I've read (Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose), but still very enjoyable.

And Umberto Eco really wants everyone to know how smart he is, doesn't he? He seems to know everything about everything.

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cartman94501
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
I can read an entire issue of The Economist in about two hours. It takes them 7-9 hours to read it to me in their plummy Etonian accents. Now that I drive alone to work (my efforts to find a new carpool have so far not borne fruit), it's a great way to kill the time, but it is terribly inefficient in terms of raw knowledge dumped into my brain per unit of wall time.
cartman94501
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
"Look on shelf" isn't a lie. They never said it would actually be on the shelf. :-) However, you'd think that with RFID tags they could actually point you to the table someone left the book on after the pulled it off the shelf and skimmed through it.
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