The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
In an interview with senatorial aspirant Danton Remoto (which is scheduled to come out soon on Eleksyon 2007 podcast interview on INQUIRER.net), the English professor admitted missing reading since the start of the campaign. How many candidates can really claim without hesitation that they miss reading books? (Perhaps that’s a good question to ask the other candidates, don’t you think?) Then I found this quote from Oscar Wilde. Less people, especially the younger ones, are reading. Some pin the blame on gaming. But this was said when television, movies, DVDs, cable emerged. Reading is solitary activity. It freezes time. Which means you need to set aside time to read. That’s why I carry at least two pocketbooks when I’m commuting. If I get lucky and find myself comfortably seated, I read a chapter or two. Currently, I’m reading Graham Greene’s The Quiet American and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.
If you’re not familiar with the places visited by Kerouac, check this Google Earth placemarks. Nice!