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 | TrackBack

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.

Posted by: undercurrent at May 13, 2004 11:39 AM

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...

Posted by: scott at May 13, 2004 12:35 PM

if someone were to come along and proselytise on behalf of 'tinker tailor soldier spy' of course, i would probably be converted.

Posted by: scott at May 13, 2004 01:54 PM

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...

Posted by: undercurrent at May 13, 2004 03:39 PM

aw cheers Robin!

that is the impression i got.

see also:
film version of 'grapes of wrath'
probably other examples but can't think

Posted by: scott at May 13, 2004 04:55 PM

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.

Posted by: siobhan at May 13, 2004 11:11 PM

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...

Posted by: undercurrent at May 14, 2004 10:28 AM