Down the Docks

December 22, 2005

Reading Stamina

Filed under: Books — ealing @ 1:15 pm

BBC News reports that teenagers can’t finish books these days. This brings to mind the terrible truth about my reading stamina – it was highest when I was eighteen. The huge drop-off to its present low level is largely due to tertiary education.

Back at school I had a little bit of intellectual curiosity. In the summer before going to university I read Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, all eight hundred pages of it, even the mind-numbing middle section of Catholic philosophy. I wouldn’t even try it now.

These days I struggle with anything that isn’t immediately and continuously gratifying, and this is because, at university, I stopped reading and took up beer instead. It seemed like a good idea at the time.



  1. Good article. I also have run out of reading patience. I suspect it is due to the internet.

    Comment by Iain — December 22, 2005 @ 6:58 pm

  2. as-94783-sa

    love what u have to say

    Comment by cassey — July 20, 2006 @ 4:19 am

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