Well, I kind of put my foot in my mouth, didn't I? I labelled myself a
self-proclaimed book-aholic and then I don't touch a book for months.
I really showed you! I blame it fully and entirely on boredom in material
form: Kanthapura. I tend to really enjoy books set in India, but that one
was a total miss. So I had to bite the bullet and I joined the masses -
I am now one of those that don't finish books they start. Gasp.
My reading slump thankfully came to an end and I'm back on the
train of enlightenment! When I saw Difficult Men on my friend's
coffee table I immediately thought to myself: Why thank you, Brett
Martin. You seem to have a written a book with me in mind!
Reasons To Read Difficult Men:
1. After reading this book your confidence in the fact that TV
is more than just mere junk will be restored. Feel bad that
you're watching Breaking Bad instead of reading a book?
Don't! This book gives great insight into the deep intellectual
process of the shows we love. The fact that a lot of these shows
deal with economical issues - how even the middle class
isn't fully secure and men who need to break bad in order
to keep themselves and their families afloat - insist that TV is
doing more than keeping society in a zombie-like state. Have
faith that not all TV is keeping the mind deactivated, rather we
have come upon an age of thought-provoking television shows.
2. I often find the lives of writers, and in this case show creators,
to be more interesting than the works they produce. Take the lives
of Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and Virginia Woolf for
example. This may have something to do with my fascination with
the world of artists.
3. If you're experiencing withdrawal symptoms after Breaking Bad,
The Sopranos, Mad Men, The Wire, etc. has ended,
this is a great way to get one last fix.
The next book will be Charlie LeDuff's Detroit. So far this book is
terrific and I can be found reading it in a binge-like manner.