Do you have an interest in what people or authors have to say?

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  1. Toto'sDad

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    As momma is fixing breakfast, and we are getting ready to head to the golf course, P Thought's thread about Faulkner got me to pondering. I was once a voracious reader. I also loved hearing older people relate the stories of their lives. I felt as if I were right there with them. I've known some very interesting people over my lifetime, and enjoyed their stories. I enjoyed all of the books I read along the way too.

    I find that in my waning years I have lost interest in reading, and there are no old folks left to tell their tales, I am the old folks. I suppose at the beginning of life, I had not lived very much, so I lived my adventures through the eyes of other people I knew and author's works that I read. After a lifetime of adventure of my own, I don't seem to need or care much about reading about living. I don't in any way detract from others reading, nor do I shun a good story from someone, but it just isn't the same now and it was then. I suppose it's all part of getting old.
     
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    My wife seemed to be where I am now as far as reading goes when we first got married. We were having a conversation with a published author who actually derived their living from writing. She went on an on about her books, then seeing the glassed over look of lost interest in my wife's eyes asked; You do read don't you? My wife dead panned " I once read Donald Duck." The woman was so taken aback she was rendered speechless. Now this might lead you to believe my wife was a bit of a dolt, nothing could be further from the truth as I learned from many such barbs hurled during the course of a conversations with people who thought to belittle her.
     
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    I still (so far) want to read as much as I ever did, but it's harder to find something I want to read. the last few years, it's been "pop" science books, like Cosmos.
     
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    Hearing other people's perspectives on the world can be a great help in clarifying our own thoughts as well as opening our minds to angles which we might not have considered, especially at a younger age. But yea, it seems that the point of all that is in arriving at our own truths on the world. I see it much the same way with music. We can learn from other player's styles, but ultimately we have to arrive at our own thing, whatever that is. And so when we hear someone who's playing resonates with us, we are hearing something of ourselves. And we can arrive at whatever 'self' might be by way of exploring and working at it, by listening and learning from others, and any combination of the two. I have been surprised many times by digging into old music and finding that something I do which I thought was unique to me has been done by someone else long ago. At that point I could look at it in a variety of ways, such as ignoring it and continuing to whittle my own take on it without too much external influence, soak it up and add to it, or whatever strikes me. Same goes with reading other people's writing. Whatever works.
     
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    I read more now than ever. I'm 72. The only thing on my Christmas list is books.
     
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    I feel like I should spend more time reading, but there are so many things of interest pulling for my time.
     
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    ^^^^^^^This!

    I was like the OP. I couldn’t get enough of books to read. Sometimes I’d have 2-3 going simultaneously. The subject matter was diverse too. Poetry, philosophy, old science fiction, hard boiled writers, biographies, novels, non-fiction, whatever.

    Somehow my life became busier, and I didn’t have time to be sitting on my can with my face in a book. I would feel guilty now if I would start to read again, because I would think that there is something more constructive that I should be doing.
     
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    I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember. I used to sit under the covers as a little boy reading by flashlight after my parents made me turn out the light. I’m 69 and still love to read; just finished a great novel and have three more “new to me” novels waiting to start.
     
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    As I close in on 70, I find it increasingly difficult to read without reading glasses due to farsightedness. Also, I find that reading puts me to sleep very quickly regardless of what the material is. Nowadays, I read mostly technical stuff in PDF format on my desktop computer because I can make the print whatever size I like. I've kinda given up on books.
     
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    I’m reading more than I was a few years ago, and so is Mrs. German. I think part of it is ebooks. It is so easy to find something new (or old) to read, and I don’t have a huge bookshelf in my tiny apartment. We actually rarely turn the TV on anymore (which is good, because I don’t have cable, so there’s only Netflix and videos).

    Edit: I’ve never really cared what people have to say, but I sometimes care what they have to write.
     
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    Good for you, I wish I shared you interest in reading. Heck, I would settle for just wanting something for Christmas. The only thing I really want is to figure out something my wife would like for Christmas.
     
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    Both my Mother and Grandmother were librarians so I grew up surrounded by and loving books. My Mom can't get around so well anymore so I go to the local library for her once/week to pick up 10 books for the week. She doesn't watch television - all she does is read. I still read quite a bit. About five years ago I discovered the Good Reads website. You can create your own lists of books you've read or ones you want to read. It helps when I get to the bookstore or library and my mind has gone blank.

    As far as stories I love hearing what my older relatives and friends have to say (and my kids so I can somewhat keep up). When I was a kid I used to take road trips with my Great Grandfather. He was born in 1889 so he had some great stories about what his life was like.
     
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    I never was an avid reader. I guess maybe for a few years when I had a really slow job in my early 20s.

    But I’m 35 now (I feel much older, ha) and I still love to learn. Even if it’s just short articles or passages, I love to gain information about topics of interest.

    Technology, anthropology, paleontology, philosophy, world religions, space...I love reading it all...as long as I’m not attached to a book for hours at a time. I like to keep it fresh and bounce around as I please.
     
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    No, I don't care what most people have to say.

    I have my own thoughts and opinions, but I keep them mostly to myself.

    This doesn't mean to say I have a closed mind, I don't.

    I can also have a few beers with someone who doesn't agree with me at all, and not start an argument.

    I just don't like it when the other person tries to get you to change your opinions to theirs, and/or takes themselves too seriously, and has a condescending attitude.

    I too, used to read much more than I do now.

    I really should get back to it.

    Mike
     
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    Maybe the reason I've lost interest in other people's stories is because there aren't any people like your Grandfather left around to tell them anymore, now there's a gentleman I would have enjoyed to listen to. When they start off with "well we hitched up the wagon, and... That's my kind of story!
     
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    I am constantly reading. Googling about how to use a regex to complete a task, then write the job. Read how to implement .net structures via MVC framework. Read about...

    Reading for fun? No - I just don't. I've read two books "for fun" in the last 20 years. I have to be learning something. Maybe that is why I read the TDPRI so much.
     
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    Well, that, and I cannot see well. I have reading glasses, computer glasses, and driving glasses. When I read, I cannot look up. My computer glasses are OK, but I have to take them off to walk around. Drivers let me see well to drive, but the gauges are hard.

    I am one of those people that cannot wear / adapt to progressives.

    So I never really see that well, unless I have the right glasses for that task and I don't look past that task. Sigh.
     
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    That's where I'm at, I mostly google, and youtube to learn how to do something, or to fix something. I have a big old book sitting in my library that my son left here several years ago that I would love to read, I just can't seem to get started on. I think the reason I'm reluctant to get started on it, is because it's thick enough to stop a .38 caliber bullet without getting to the last page. Maybe I need to start off with something thinner. Donald Duck Maybe? :lol:
     
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    I'm an avid reader. I read books; all kinds of novels, history, opinion, science and science fiction, and a variety of non-fiction not previously mentioned. Just about everything but porn. I read magazines and scientific journals. In fact, I've found that the surest way to silence the person sitting next to me on an airliner is to take out a stack of physics papers. If the titles don't quiet them, the first equation stops them cold.
     
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    this has been a very interesting thread for me. I too - like many others - was a voracious reader, my whole life long. I would always have at least three books going simultaneously - a thriller, a serious novel, and a non-fiction (usually history). When I moved to Holland, I started reading all kinds of foreign stuff, and I would have a Dutch history book, a French detective story, and a deep Spanish novel all going on. But about 3 years ago, that all just ground to a halt. I haven't actually read a book for almost three years. It is very strange, and it coincided with a complete lack of interest in building amps, modifying guitars, and listening to any kind of music. Now I am trying to limit my computer use and urge myself back to reading.
     
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