“Fiction becomes a weird way to countenance yourself and to tell the truth instead of being a way to escape yourself or present yourself in a way you figure you will be maximally likable.”

- David Foster Wallace (pictured below) from his essay on writing, The Nature of Fun


They say no (wo)man is an island and I was thrilled to stumble across this morsel in my readings this week: A survey of 1,983 US e-reader users has discovered that more than one-third of users only used their device once before shoving it in the bottom draw or selling it.


When asked why, the majority (57%) ...

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  • Reply November 16, 2012

    Brie Wiessner

    I have read The Dinner by Herman Koch. Have you read it? I loved it, a friend didn’t like it at all. If you or any other readers have read it I have a question in regard to the end.

    When father looked into the “box” what exactly did he discover? Was he indeed Michels father?

    Someone must have read this, my friend has different conclusion to me.

    Thanks Brie

  • Reply November 16, 2012

    Jenny Esots

    An electronic reader may be of use on a long road trip – would love to do one – money is always lacking! Anyway I am in between reading A Tale of Two Cities – yes, Dcikens and Dissonance by Stephen Orr – very hihgly recommended. Finished Patrick White’s Fringe of Leaves – my first one of his – worth the effort in the end.

  • Reply November 16, 2012


    I’ve been reading Jeff Sparrow’s The Money Shot about porn and censorship. Really enjoying it – it’s broad ranging and fascinating as it touches on so many aspects of society – religion, feminism, sexism, racism, morals, sexual attitudes etc.

  • Reply November 16, 2012


    I read everything on my iPad I love it! I am reading Charlotte Dawson’s new book ATM I am only up to the first chapter but it’s really good so far! She is really funny!
    I like thaty iPad is lighter than books and I can take my library with me everywhere!

  • Reply November 16, 2012


    E-readers have found a place in this household. Husband and I only have access to a small library in a country town so couldn’t wait to get our hands on one. Only one good bookstore around here and that’s 3 hours away.

    My elderly mum lives on her own and can now download books from the library without the worry of returning them. I love to have one with me when I’m travelling too. Saves carting books around. I notice a few younger backpackers are using them.

    We still buy books though and would rather read the real thing definitely.

  • Reply November 16, 2012


    I love my I Pad, but also like paper books, so I go between both. The advantage of e-readers is storage. If you read a lot, you run out of space on your bookshelf, and you can have hundreds of books stored on e-readers ready to go. There are also plenty of free books (all the classics like A Tale of Two Cities, War and Peace etc), childrens books, bodice rippers, thrillers, crime, reference books, horror, all the usual genres. Some good, some not so good. So you can be kept very busy reading them, although I have found a lot of the free books do have errors with grammar. I have friends who have kindles and they love them too. If you only want to read books, get a device like a kindle, it’s cheaper and lighter than IPads, but it does have a smaller screen.

  • Reply November 16, 2012


    My Kindle is the most amazing thing I’ve ever owned. I would rather read than eat and as my kindle tells me I have read 36 books so far this year all of which I could tell you about as they are archived on my device. I can keep notes of memorable insights and highlight and buy books that are mentioned in the books I am reading! I have travelled for 4 weeks and been able to download books to find out more about the places I’m visiting. I never thought I could give up paper books but it only took one download to change my mind. I gave one to my father for his 80th birthday and he’s crazy about it and completely delighted every time he chooses a book and it is delivered to his device within a minute. How do they do it?
    Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it and think of all the trees being saved.

    • Reply November 16, 2012


      Lucky you Michele! I am technologically challenged at the best of times so the the fact your 80 year old dad is breezing through Kindle says alot more about me than him. I find it a nightmare, and it takes forever to use. I think I need lessons or there is a very real risk I will throw mine in the bin. It’s fine if you get content from the Amazon people but hopeless outside of that. I’m not sold on the them at all.

  • Reply November 19, 2012


    The thing is, I do like reading on my iPad, but only on planes (rather than lug a whole bunch of books on board – the weight!) Plus, I read somewhere, that if you read off an electronic screen when you’re in bed, your brain, like a chook’s under artificial light, just won’t go to sleep properly. Hmm. Don’t know if that’s true but… still just love, love, love the feel, the smell, the touch of a book. And, am addicted to bookshops.; feels like my kind of church. Guilt to me is not about food. It’s about buying books because once started, its hard to stop. Don’t know what it is but a real, solid, smooth, 3D object in my hand is much more satisfying to hold than an iPad…

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