It seems an eternity since I last read, scratch that, since I last completed reading a book . The last book I completed was most probably an Anne McCaffrey book back in the mid 1990s. McCaffrey wrote a series of books known as the ‘Dragonrider of Pern’ series. Dragons were good to read about back then in my 20s. They were much more relaxing to read about than my life was. As with most people in their 20s I was living life at light-speed, drinking like a fish, smoking like an industrial revolution era chimney and trying my best to attract attention of young ladies.
In the intervening decades I have only read about sport, politics or science. Mainly on the web. I get one magazine sent to me. The Atlantic Monthly. A US based current affairs mag. I don’t read it. I just subscribe so I have unlimited access to the website. I take great pleasure in leaving the print copy of the mag in airline seat pockets, doctor’s waiting rooms or my customers’ coffee tables. I think I do this in the vain hope that I can encourage someone to read real journalism instead if the puerile shit that most Australians think is news. Very righteous of me I know.
Cue last Sunday morning. I lie in bed in the dawn hour and listen to a syndicated radio show on KALW San Francisco. While I listen and contemplate my lazy Sunday on the east coast of Australia, Americans are only halfway through their Saturday. Poor bastards. I was listening away and an author came on for an interview. Jonathan Evison. I heard him read an extract from his 2012 book ‘The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving’.
Bang. I was hooked.
Thanks Jonathan. I bought it and read it in 5 days. Not a bad effort in between working and tending to a demanding 4yo.