May 13, 2004
Simon cites Jon on the inability to consume EVERYTHING. Put me in mind of this and also Siobhan's riff on flitting.
Posted by mark at May 13, 2004 12:53 AM
yep, when I read this I immediately thought of the Ianucci thing - and I think I agree with him, it's something to combat rather than indulge, this idea that you're inadequate unless you know about everything that's going on. But I spose if it's your job to know then that's another matter.
Ianucci v. admirable on Sopranos box-set.
harsh on Mickey Mouse tho'?!
i have never read ANY John Le Carre (though have seen telly adaptations). i feel a great weight has been lifted...
if someone were to come along and proselytise on behalf of 'tinker tailor soldier spy' of course, i would probably be converted.
well, since it's doubtless one of the greatest pieces of TV ever made, it's one of those rare cases where I can't honestly say you're missing anything if you've seen the TV series but not read the book...
aw cheers Robin!
that is the impression i got.
film version of 'grapes of wrath'
probably other examples but can't think
It would be nice to give up the desire to consume everything. I find it fairly easy to do with television, I don't think I watch anything religiously and anything I do want to watch is easily downloadable.
Unforunately the same doesn't apply to books. I always worry that I haven't read my favourite book yet. But if I haven't then I still have the pleasure of reading it in the future. Although I could probably worry less about not having read everything. That's never going to happen but I do have fun trying.
I think it may be more to do with having the right attitude to time - ie realising that you can't "beat" duration, and to get anything out of a book, film, record takes up some time therefore you'll never do everything and become an encyclopaedic summation of history - you might as well just be happy being idiosyncratic and incomplete...