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.