Observation: When you buy a book or a magazine, what you’re really buying is time. Time to get away from fast information, time to get lost in stories, ideas, theories or just idle page-turning.
I find it harder to get into books these days – the lure of the phone is too strong! But I realise that’s because the apps are designed to be as addictive as Las Vegas slot machines (it’s the apps, not the phones*). So I’m trying to ween myself off screens and spend more time with print. (more…)
Continuing on last week’s #namastayinbed theme, we’ve reached peak hygge time of year, aka annual book-buying season. December and January are the only months of the year I get time to properly absorb myself in books, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into Sally Rooney’s Normal People and Michelle Obama’s Becoming. No spoilers please!
“Once all these pieces are in place, then I can start writing. And by ‘start writing’ I mean that I can start staring at a Google Docs page, occasionally writing a few sentences, but mostly just pacing back and forth across my apartment, biting my nails, making tea, checking my phone, feeling bad about checking my phone, turning my phone off, writing a few more sentences, turning my phone back on. And so on.”
Karley Sciortino, Apartamento. Thank god it’s not just me…