The Truth About Books and Reality Shows

There’s a meme going around that a book commits suicide every time someone watches a reality show.

I see it in my Facebook news feed every so often and you may have seen it in yours.

But you know what?

It’s wrong. There’s nothing true (or funny) about it. And I can show you why, at least in part, with a picture:

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The Very Busy Writer

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Early one morning, the sun rose in the sky, and a writer began typing words out, one after another.

The writer’s inbox was full of messages, each one beckoning to be read.

But the writer paid them no attention; he just typed words out, one after another.

The writer’s phone let out a beep, there were messages to be heard.

But the writer paid them no attention; he just typed words out, one after another.

The writer’s friends posted new photos, there were images to be seen.

But the writer paid them no attention; he just typed words out, one after another.

The writer’s heroes tweeted interesting thoughts; there were insights to be had.

But the writer paid them no attention; he just typed words out, one after another.

The writer’s favorite newspaper reported the news; there was information to be gathered and connections to be made and future events to be wondered about.

But the writer paid them no attention; he just typed words out, one after another.

The writer’s coffee attracted him with its smell; there was caffeine to be sipped and the energy of the gods to be used…

The writer took a sip.

And then, getting back to work, and focusing all of his attention on the work that mattered most, the writer put down word after word and sentence after sentence until, at last, he was done.

It had been a very busy morning. But the writer finished it with a sigh, an unseen smile, and a simple story that he (and perhaps others) would enjoy reading again.

More of the Same from Quent Cordair?

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I've been a fan of  Quent Cordair's ever since I first read A Prelude to Pleasure. Everything I have read by him since has been stellar. And so I eagerly bought The Match, just published on Amazon this morning,  and read through it … [Continue reading]

Good News for Fans of Nevil Shute

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Are you a fan of Nevil Shute? If you are, I have some good news: The series relaunch that Vintage Classics began in 2009 has proven successful at attracting new readers (or at least reselling to old ones). Because of that, the publisher will … [Continue reading]

“Best-Sellers” Ain’t What They Used to Be

Do you choose what book to read next on the basis of whether it is "best-selling" or not? If so, or even if you give it some weight in your buying decisions, a recent article by Jeffery A. Trachtenburg should be of interest. The article begins … [Continue reading]

Comments I Made in the Books I Own

Smart people repeat themselves. Failure can be and often is a precursor to success, but it is not a prerequisite. If you haven’t made plans to be happy—that is, to regularly enjoy the things you treasure—you’re probably sad. Talking to your … [Continue reading]