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November 7, 2007

True Confessions

"The nice thing about writing a column is that when a midlife crisis begins, you get to bring along guests." So I have just confessed. In this case, it's a matter of discussing the experience of a sort of momentary blackout regarding a book I'd reviewed. Here is a particular bit that generalizes from N=1:

People who consume two or three books a month...might be less susceptible to moments of total overload than those who read two or three a week. Some situations require learning to handle texts like a meat packer carving up pigs on an assembly line. Certain skills are involved, and they are good skills to have. You can learn to wield the blade with some precision without losing a finger. But efficiency counts, because there's always another pig coming at you.

That's for sure. And big pigs, too, usually, flying at a mile a minute.

Posted by smclemee at November 7, 2007 12:05 PM