Monday, July 27, 2009
I'm totally with the guy Sullivan quotes who says life is too short to finish books you don't like (or even books you do and feel like you "get"). I still resent the time I spent finishing The Emperor's Children (a terrible book). And yet, I am not at all with Sullivan who comments with the thought that sunk costs have a lot to do with the drive to finish a book. Hogwash. A relationship to a book - or my relationship to a book - is much more irrational and nuanced than my need to get my money's worth from the experience of reading a book. In fact, I've never once finished a book, even a book I've loved to itty bitty bits, and thought, "I really got my money out of this one!" Instead, I usually think: "I've got to buy this book for all my friends!"