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The art of reading is fading. It is an art because we, the readers, create the worlds and people in our minds as we read.
Writing, however, is still going strong. There are just fewer partakers of the experience. The problem, as I see it, at least in the US, is that reading is too much work. Most people experience Science Fiction and Fantasy in the movies and on television. Are we, as a people, becoming more stupid or just lazy?
In this month’s interview with Jeanne Cavelos, she shared her experience in grad school giving Science Fiction to all the Literary Fiction people. They couldn’t understand it. They hadn’t developed the art of reading, the imagining to life the words written on the page.
You’re reading Quantum Muse, so that’s says a lot about you. Whether good or ill, I let you decide.
I suggest a simple self-test to see if you are developing your reading skills.
Check around your home. If all the books are neatly placed on a bookshelf, then you are not reading enough. If there are books on the headboard, in the bathroom, or on the arm of a favorite chair, then you’re doing ok.
So, if your significant other asks, “What are all these books lying around?”
You can answer honestly, “I’m just an artist working on my muse.” And, smile as you say it, because you are!
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