And I Have a Particular Soft Spot for Postman-Style Anti-Internet / End-of-Culture Screeds …

I have this problem with tech policy and general-digital-culture book where I really like to read about them—blog posts, reviews, author interviews—but never actually read the books themselves. Knowing this, you think I would not bother purchasing the books themselves, fooling myself into thinking I will read them, but no—I’m quick to place in my Amazon cart. I am ready to be part of the hype!, ready to read and learn!, to be amazed!, to be able to discuss with others all my eminently relevant insights! I unwrap the Amazon packing with glee and then—sit the books on my shelf. Never to be thumbed through again. I am trying to break myself of this habit, which seems only to apply to tech books and certain libertarian tombs (I’m a pretty avid reader otherwise). So damn you, Adam Theirer, for this. I likely will be fooled again.

Comments (2)

  1. Kevin B. O'Reilly

    Aha! This is why I confine all nonfiction book reading to reading reviews *of* nonfiction books. If Thierer had something *really* important to say, he would have said it as part of a book review!

  2. asg

    Speaking of book reviews, one way to motivate yourself is to resolve to blog all books you read, a la Amber Taylor’s 50 Book Challenge (i.e. to read 50 books in a year).

    That might be tough with wonky tech books though. Regardless, rest easy in that you are far from alone.

    And to Kevin: I used to think it was OK to rely on reviews, until Bryan Caplan’s “Myth of the Rational Voter” came out, with ensuing blog discussion. This comment thread must be read, or at least skimmed, to be believed.


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