Friday, November 18, 2016

Books Instead

Now I am not quite so shallow that I would stop reading newspapers over one foolish article, but I did stop reading them regularly and quickly discovered that I didn't miss them very much at all.  There was a time when the highlight of my week was coining home with the Sunday Times and Observer...  In those days, the most gifted scribblers in Britain worked for the newspapers. I don't want to be dismissive of a whole generation's journalistic endeavors, but, well, just look at the weekend papers now...  [I] found an article suggesting sixteen ways to "pimp up" my salads... I found guidance on... how to acquire a sexy pout...    
Is it really just me getting old or is it actually the case that all people under the age of thirty are basically now about ten years old? I looked at a couple of other weekend sections and they were much the same, so I put the papers to one side and pulled a book from my bag and read it instead.  
- Bill Bryson, The Road to Little Dribbling <>