Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I want to join this club


An excerpt:
Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour.

The point of the club isn't to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted. The group calls itself the Slow Reading Club, and it is at the forefront of a movement populated by frazzled book lovers who miss old-school reading.

Slow reading advocates seek a return to the focused reading habits of years gone by, before Google, smartphones and social media started fracturing our time and attention spans. Many of its advocates say they embraced the concept after realizing they couldn't make it through a book anymore.

1 comment:

  1. This is great! There should be more clubs like this one all around the world. This is also a great idea for creating a community like this one. Because sometimes I wonder what community I could create that would benefit people in this digital era and this just falls under that category. Since services like writers per hour emerged and people became more used to using internet for reading and services for writing, it is important to remind everyone how great is old-school reading. I should check out my area if it has one like this. I hope not, so I could start one!