Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Would-be Intellectual

If I had more time to actually read (which is an excuse for me to play, I know) I would read I am a Strange Loop. It sounds like an interesting discussion about consciousness could be had after reading a book like this. On second thought, I take that back, I read a whole book last week called the The Book of the Dead, and despite it's stiff sounding title, it was pretty exciting, although only marginally intellectual. I would give it a 4.5 (but only after having read the other books in the series.)

Despite the onslaught on reading as a form of entertainment, by the scrappy likes of movies and videogames, there is just something about a good book that they can't quite replace. Maybe it's the subtle way in which words combine with images and memories so that every book we read mixes with our past and becomes part of our future, that gives us a real sense of ownership. My favorite movies are like books, in that they remind me of days past, and change me for the future. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't change me, but it was a fun movie. If you like turtles. And Ninjas.

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