Recently, a good friend of mine also bemoaned the fact that he too hadn't read the aforementioned novels. He added to the hilarity by saying "Proust! Never read a word." So, he decided to do something about it. He set aside some time to read a measly 15 pages (minimum) a day, every day, until he finally finished one of these books. First up: "Ulysses." Needless to say, I was inspired, and grabbed my copy and placed it on the nightstand.
It stayed there. Untouched. Frankly, I couldn't drum up the courage to tackle it. Especially since the time I usually read for fun is just as I'm about to go to sleep. So Joyce has been collecting dust. Once again, the laughable promise to read these books continues on.
Yet my buddy's determination to get through these difficult books stuck with me. I figured if he could pull it off, why couldn't I? Then the solution presented itself. I took the plunge yesterday and installed Kindle on my droid. Downloaded "Ulysses" shortly thereafter, and then began. I have vowed to myself that I shall return to the ebook while I'm waiting in line, on public transportation, whatever.
Here's are the reasons why I think this is it. This is the time I'm going to pull it off.
- I'll always have it with me as I never leave home without the phone.
- I'm already accustomed to pulling out puzzles while I'm waiting in line, on public transportation, whatever. How is pulling out an e-book any different?
- Ignorance is bliss. And since I'm not carrying a doorstop around, I really can't be daunted by how massive the book really is.
- On the other hand, Kindle happily tells me how far along I am in the book. To the percent.
Yesterday I was 2% of the way through it. At this rate I should be roughly three-quarters of the way through "Ulysses" by the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Keep me honest, folks. Stay on my case and ask how the Kindle experiment is working.
Meanwhile, share the puzzle. New one on Monday.