A bit of a break from the music thing…
I became a podcast whoooore when I returned to school in early 2009. I started listening obsessively to This American Life, to Hometown Tales, and to odds and ends here and there. They entertained me while travelling to and from class.
I wanted to read during the long commutes but for some reason my brain was completely uninterested. I would yawn uncontrollably, very little kept my attention (I’ve done a weird switch from Fiction to Non-Fiction, but even the most interesting books tired me out), and I read page after page without absorbing anything.
Recently, I found a way to increase brain-interest. It’s called Kobo.
My roomie recently has found himself working with the fine folks at Kobo, and procured a first generation e-reader from them (I currently could not afford any kind of gadget…I was lucky enough to use one for free)
I was skeptical: the screen does weird things when you change pages, and I’m so used to the feel of paper and the weight of a book I thought it would be weird to read off of a little plastic slab.
So far…it’s enjoyable! I’m not struggling to keep the pages open, or a book on my lap…people bump into me but it’s not a big deal…I can travel from streetcar to bus to subway and back and not have to force my book into a backpack, or fear of losing my place. Also…if the book gets boring for one reason or another, I have dozens other waiting to ‘pick up.’
I’m reading ‘Musicophilia‘ by Oliver Sacks for now. I’m tempted to check a few other music books once this one is done. Feed my brain, perhaps?
I can’t figure out which I prefer. Podcasts are great…but they’re almost a lazy form of entertainment. Someone else did the work for me, so I sit and stare and listen. I feel when I go too long without listening, Ira Glass, Gene and Bryan get lonely! Books are more likely to help me expand my brain but sometimes are a pain in the butt to read while surrounded by noisy kids and angry old ladies.
Do you have a preference? Do you use an e-reader and do you like it? Are there any podcasts that catch your attention?