On Reading 'You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.' If I don't read for more than a few days I feel like a rotten corpse, diffused in all directions and decomposed by chaos and entropy. Life is such a vast, frightening wilderness that some kind of coherence can only be distilled by words, sentences, and semantics. I've been reading almost every day for about a decade. I remember the first book that popped my cherry - "Think" by Simon Blackburn. Despite being mind-blown, I could only read for 5 to 10 minutes at a time before I shut the book to perform seizure hops. But like everything else, the ability to handle volume and intensity only comes with consistent training. I read about 1.5 hour a day on average. I feel like I have enough information at my disposal to create and write more than I read. There should always be a balanced ratio between what you take in and what pour out.
The more I read, and the more I meditate, the more tangible and physical words become. Previously perceived as abstract symbols from the flatland, they now have a 3 dimensional, sculptural existence. Receiving information from pages of a book feels like devouring food with a variety of macronutrients. And like ants with the ability to cure and nurture, words crawl in and around the folds of my brain, cleansing the filth of my private delusions and then re-arranging its modules into geometric harmony. But book consumption can also be an addiction, like the end of the movie Lucy when artificial intelligence turns into a information-hungry, computer-devouring sloot.
The analogy between books and people are obvious - some needs to bulk up and while others need to shred fat. Some have beautiful exteriors but lack content (and vice versa). Some are more difficult to read than others. If I could become one book stranded on an island for the rest of my life, it would be a postmodern celebrity tabloid filled with ancient Greek philosophy."