It seems like every year we read reports which state that fewer and fewer people are reading books and that the medium is struggling to compete against other forms of entertainment such as music and films. We like to think there are still plenty of bibliophiles out there but, as Kimmel reports, the fact is that the average American will read only four books a year while one quarter of all adults in the US will not read a book at all this year.
Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel decided to see how bad things are by sending out a camera crew onto the streets to ask them to name any book. Not a book they’ve read, not a classic or a modern book, just ANY book from the Bible to Twilight. The results weren’t very encouraging. WARNING: Book lovers will be triggered!
As you can see, a fair few people were completely unable to name any book and those that did got it wrong. Moby Dick wrote a book about a horse? The Lion King was a book before becoming a hit animated film for Disney?
Before you get too wound up, lets remember that they only showed the people who couldn’t name a book, we hope that plenty of people were able to think of at least one book. It’s also worth keeping in mind that plenty of people go blank when put on camera, so lets not be too judgemental. Still, it’s hard to believe that titles such as the Bible, the Quran, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings didn’t come to mind.
While a fantastic story, Roots was not without controversy and its release was marred by accusations of plagiarism (proven to be partly true), and doubts cast on the authenticity of the family ties. Today the book is accepted to be a work of fiction, and controversy aside is still a worthy read with an important message.
Baldwin’s courage, intelligence, and humility steered him past less successful paths and towards a meaningful life as a writer and social commenter. His essays, in collections such as Notes of a Native Son, explored race, sex, and class distinctions in the West. His writings reflected and discussed these issues he faced as a Black man but also ones he faced as a homosexual man.
His life was so full of travel, fascinating people, heartbreaking realisations, and all the while writing about his thoughts and experiences, that it is best to hear it from the man himself. It cannot be contained in a blog alone.
Watch a BBC interview with the great man next, and below find further links to purchase his essays, books, and plays.
Bennett is a voracious reader, a habit he picked up partly from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who had challenged himself to read a new book every other week for a whole year.
“I started reading a lot of books because Zuckerberg was doing it,” he commented.
Many NFL players spend their hard earned cash on cars and property but Bennett has spent thousands on building up his own library.
“I have about 3,500 books, maybe more… I have a library, and it’s like I want to beat Belle on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and have a better library than she had.” Bennet told news sources.
We can relate, Martellus!
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