Thursday, May 13, 2010
Men don't read? Bah! Rubbish.
Spurred by an initial post by thriller writer Jason Pinter (who I love), an interesting discussion about men's reading habits is underway at the Dystel and Goderich Literary Management blog.
In his Huffington Post article, Pinter suggests that the number of men who actually read is rapidly declining - primarily, he feels, because the publishing industry is alienating half the market. DGLM staffer Stacey begs to differ. (Stacey offers some compelling points...)
I'm inclined to agree. My dad, stepdad and father-in-law are avid readers - and the fact that they are all fans of the same-ish authors makes Father's Day, Christmas and Birthdays fun. (Yes, Steve Berry, I have bought three copies of The Paris Vendetta this year...in hard cover...) Many of my male friends are readers, too.
And... is that this week's muse avatar? In a book store? Grasping a book with the same enthusiasm he's putting into providing my daily inspiration? By golly, it is. Well done, Brad. Bravo!
Unconvinced? Just this morning, an Edmonton radio station advertised this highly under-publicized blog. Ahem...Need I say more?
The Book In My Bag Today: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson