|Me:||Oh god, I bought Ian McEwan's latest while stoned on Ambien. I'm afraid to read it. Solar was awful.|
|Book-Crazy Friend:||Solar was terrible. Sweet Tooth is much better.|
|Me:||Like Atonement better or On Chesil Beach better?|
|BCF:||It's nowhere near as good as those two. But maybe Saturday better.|
|Me:||. . .|
“The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated. Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto (and a published novelist), has proposed that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that “runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers.” Fiction — with its redolent details, imaginative metaphors and attentive descriptions of people and their actions — offers an especially rich replica. Indeed, in one respect novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people’s thoughts and feelings.”
My taste in books is a touch spinsterly. Bought these paperbacks from Amazon (sorry, indies!) because these titles aren’t available for the Kindle, and I could not find them in bookstores either. I’m entertaining the idea of only reading books by female authors this year as a project.
Looks like they have a great lineup of short stories, but personally, I’m holding out for the Novellaville app.
From the article, you could be forgiven for thinking Nordic Literature = Crime Fiction. I just really hope publishers will understand that readers will be interested in other genres as well.
Salon says, if you want to continue crushing on James Franco, do not read his fiction.
1. Ugh. The book is such a fucking gimmick.
2. Let’s talk about how Natalie Portman is too beautiful to play Elizabeth Bennet, shall we? After all, it has been a whole four years since the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice was released.