Freesmith Finds Covid-19’s Surprising Benefit

I doubt I’m alone in finding a silver lining to the media’s incessant promotion of the coronavirus. Mine concerns my reading.

I subscribe the the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal. I also get a daily news feed on my iPhone. And I peruse Drudge, Bongino, American Greatness, the Atlantic and several other outlets and aggregators daily.

Plus several printed magazines.

But since the hysteria over Covid-19 went full-blown, I’ve noticed that I’m able to get a lot more actual book reading done. I’ve read “Lonesome Dove,” “The Age of Entitlement,” “The Right Stuff” and “1968.” I’ve started Stephen Hayward’s “Age of Reagan, Volume I.”

What’s the secret?

Every time I see a story in my various news feeds which contains the words “virus,” “Coronavirus,” “Covid-19,” “pandemic,” “face mask,” “testing kits” or anything to do with this hysteria — I skip past it.

That simple adjustment has given me so much extra reading time that I’m now looking eagerly at my bookshelves for items long put aside, such as “Gravity’s Rainbow,” “JR,” “Infinite Jest” and “Finnegan’s Wake.”

It seems like I have all the time in the world.

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9 thoughts on “Freesmith Finds Covid-19’s Surprising Benefit”

  1. Freesmith:
    “The Right Stuff”

    A favorite; read three times! You’ve got a decent list put together here. I would include The Reagan Diaries edited by Douglas Brinkley (lots of fun), Robert Caro’s trilogy on LBJ (dreadful man but all three books read like a Ken Follett novel!) and a personal favorite, Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

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  2. “Gravity’s Rainbow” is worth the read. Pynchon at his cynical, comedic best. Expect to learn a lot of fun stuff and always be amused.

    Also do not expect linear story telling.  Assume it is like talking to twenty people at a party, one at a time,  all of whom connected with each other at some point in their lives and with each you learn their life story.  It is up to you to maintain the connections.

    If you like complex tapestries, read it. Well worth it.

    Best novel of the 20th Century IMHO

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  3. EThompson:

    Freesmith:
    “The Right Stuff”

    A favorite; read three times! You’ve got a decent list put together here. I would include The Reagan Diaries edited by Douglas Brinkley (lots of fun), Robert Caro’s trilogy on LBJ (dreadful man but all three books read like a Ken Follett novel!) and a personal favorite, Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

    I read “Hamilton” when it was published. The great thing about it now is that “It has a beat, you can dance to it.”*

     

    (*As heard on American Bandstand’s “Rate-a-Record” every week for years.)

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  4. TKC 1101:
    “Gravity’s Rainbow” is worth the read. Pynchon at his cynical, comedic best. Expect to learn a lot of fun stuff and always be amused.

    Also do not expect linear story telling.  Assume it is like talking to twenty people at a party, one at a time,  all of whom connected with each other at some point in their lives and with each you learn their life story.  It is up to you to maintain the connections.

    If you like complex tapestries, read it. Well worth it.

    Best novel of the 20th Century IMHO

    Hey, T, nice to hear from you. How’ve you been?

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  5. Freesmith:

    EThompson:

    Freesmith:
    “The Right Stuff”

    A favorite; read three times! You’ve got a decent list put together here. I would include The Reagan Diaries edited by Douglas Brinkley (lots of fun), Robert Caro’s trilogy on LBJ (dreadful man but all three books read like a Ken Follett novel!) and a personal favorite, Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

    I read “Hamilton” when it was published. The great thing about it now is that “It has a beat, you can dance to it.”*

     

    (*As heard on American Bandstand’s “Rate-a-Record” every week for years.)

    You’re dating yourself with last comment. 🙂

    As for Hamilton, was fairly disenchanted with the play. You just shouldn’t attempt to re-write history, no? If Alex Haley had cast Asians/Hispanics/Caucasians for roles in his mini-series Roots, there would have been “woke” to pay!

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  6. EThompson:

    Freesmith:

    EThompson:

    Freesmith:
    “The Right Stuff”

    A favorite; read three times! You’ve got a decent list put together here. I would include The Reagan Diaries edited by Douglas Brinkley (lots of fun), Robert Caro’s trilogy on LBJ (dreadful man but all three books read like a Ken Follett novel!) and a personal favorite, Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

    I read “Hamilton” when it was published. The great thing about it now is that “It has a beat, you can dance to it.”*

     

    (*As heard on American Bandstand’s “Rate-a-Record” every week for years.)

    You’re dating yourself with last comment. 🙂

     

    I only dated myself at the height of the Women’s Liberation movement, thank you.

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