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I am almost done with Lord Elgin and the Marbles for my Orientalism paper. I read it in bed for about an hour, then took a nap, then ran around doing interviews for the Daily Gazette (I talked to Professor Kuharski for over an hour), then translated a riddle for Old English, then skimmed some articles on J-Stor about said riddle, then felt guilty for doing reading that I wasn't supposed to do, then had "social interaction time," which consisted in large part of reading articles on Wikipedia, then read my book for another hour.

The problem with taking reading-heavy classes is that the idea of reading a book for pleasure is mildly revolting. Pleasure means playing computer games, watching movies or TV, clicking around the Internet, hanging out with friends, hell, even having a good cry seems like a more fun idea at this point than reading a book.

This was not always the case. According to a list I kept on my computer, I read one hundred books for pleasure my junior year of high school. This seems preposterous considering that I was taking 5 AP classes at the time, but if you consider that I read for pleasure on my train ride to school (which got me free rides whenever the book was a tearjerker and the conductor felt sorry for me), that I read for pleasure before I went to bed, that I read during commercial breaks for TV shows, and that I spent most of my Friday and Saturday nights pleasure reading, I guess it makes some more sense. I've forgotten how little you actually had to read for those AP classes.

I'm fairly certain no pleasure reading will be happening over break, and all I can think is that I need to scrub out the Swarthmore.

Date: 2007-03-09 07:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackferd.livejournal.com
I think it's an important point to mention that we were reading Wikipedia articles on paraphilias/fetishes.

I'm not sure if you had left by the time we finally watched one of the videos.

And I also can't do any pleasure reading, but that seems pretty ubiquitous to Swat. I feel guilty whenever I read things that aren't for class because, really, I could be studying X instead of reading Y (even if Y is something fairly academic as well)... I'm actually kind-of tricking myself into reading a bunch of cool Psychology books/papers by opting into an optional paper that I really don't have to do. And over break I'm going to be catching up on Organic Chemistry instead of finally cracking open, say, Perdido Street Station or any of the thousand other things Jeff has suggested to me.

I miss reading.

Date: 2007-03-09 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sinsofthedove.livejournal.com
I bought that at Borders last year sometime. I should really try to get past the first few pages and read the damn thing. Ditto "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" which [livejournal.com profile] jere7my gave me for Christmas.

Date: 2007-03-09 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] braidsofdeath.livejournal.com
I read about as many books for pleasure in the past five years as I did in my senior year of high school. It is depressing. Only now am I starting to try to be able to read for fun again. Unfortunately now I'm failing at that because I'm lazy!

Date: 2007-03-09 04:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ursula
I recommend reading a novel while drinking on Friday nights. Not only do you get to read novels, it makes you look sexy & mysterious.

Date: 2007-03-10 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_swallow/
Freshman year I noticed I had stopped reading as much I used to, so I started keeping a list, as a way to shame myself. By the start of sophomore spring I felt as if I had retrained myself to read-for-pleasure again, so I dropped the effort of the list. But last semester I read exactly one novel outside of classes... and then I ended up writing my final paper for Patty White on it.

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I was thinking about what you said about the speed of reading poetry today while I was sorting through slush at APR. I started laughing, alone in the office with my feet propped on a folding chair, literally reading poems in seconds.

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