Friday, December 23, 2011

Just Listen

It's very interesting that most my reading these days is actually listening. Every month I download a new audiobook and spend my time walking around Kaifaqu, hitting the go-back-thirty-seconds button every now and again. It's hard to walk and listen closely when cars and motorcycles race by on the sidewalks—you've got to be on your guard, but listening to books is one of my favorite things to do out here. I'm a serious notetaker. While I don't actually write in the books I'm reading—I can never get myself even to bend the cover too much—I always have a notebook close by. While listening to The Better Angels of Our Nature, I wanted to sit and write down stats and just stare at them in amazement, but for the most part, I didn't. Will I remember these books the same way I remember those I take copious notes on?

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