Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Reading habits
I don't know whether I should be more surprised that one in four people didn't read a book at all last year -- or that the figure isn't higher.

As I've noted in this space, I read a lot of books -- perhaps one a week -- and I'm a piker compared to some people I know. I also know that many of the people who read this blog are also voracious readers, and more power to you all.

But there's no question books mean less to our culture today, and why it's so easy for many people to excise them from their lives. "I just get sleepy when I read," said a man in the AP story. I feel sorry for him, but I understand how he got that idea. When you spend time with the bright colors and razzle-dazzle of so much pop culture, books must seem to pale in comparison. (Though I'd tell him it's possible to live a life that includes reading books, relaxing by the pool AND watching games.)

Can the trend be reversed? The conversations I had on Harry Potter release night give me hope it can; but my gut, almost always the pessimist, tells me to forget it. After all, there's a game on. Why bother with some boring book?
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Separated at birth?
Is it just me, or does "Superbad's" Jonah Hill -- at least in images from the film -- look like a young Marty Allen?
Monday, August 20, 2007
Oh, you're a bad pony. And I'm not gonna bet on you.
David Mamet's "House of Games," the first film the playwright and screenwriter directed, comes out in a Criterion Collection DVD on Tuesday. It's as cold, brilliant and sharp as a new razor blade -- left in the freezer.

The commentaries are by Mamet and his friend, magician, actor and author Ricky Jay -- the latter always a joy to listen to.
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