It’s easy to just throw a broad stroke over everything and say, “Oh, print’s dying,” and ignore the 104 million people that read a daily paper every day. It’s just too easy to make these baseless generalizations. I think we’re programmed to declare something dead once a week. “Oh, the bicycle’s dead. Analog watches are dead. I don’t know, what’s gonna die now? Mahogany cabinets, those are dead.” People come up with something to kill every week. It is an adjustment period for newspapers, for sure, but they are anything but dead[.]
The Comfort of Strangers is McEwan's sophomore novel (or novella if you prefer) and it shows; in positive and negative ways. This isn't a proper review, but rather a few observations on this story and the writing of McEwan.
When I wrote about On Chesil Beach a couple of months I mentioned the "two wonderfully crafted characters and the peculiar realtionship that they engage in" as one of its premiere qualities. There's no doubt in my mind that McEwan is a master in describing relationships between people. He manages to maintain their identity, but also how the relationship can confine their identity.
In The Comfort of Strangers the relationship between Mary and Colin is perhaps not as exquisite as in On Chesil Beach, but is once again interesting and engaging. To me it is clear that The Comfort of Strangers is very noticeably an early work of the author. Some of the writing is heavy-handed. Some of the foreshadowing is clumsy and the counterparts of Mary and Colin, Robert and Caroline, are at times grotesque but also somewhat flat. It's an uneven work but it does show glimpses of the brilliance that is yet to come. ---------------- Now playing: The Jayhawks - Tampa To Tulsa via FoxyTunes
Was reading the latest issue of Edge (best videogame magazine in the world), and came across this quote by Don Mattrick who is the senior VP of Microsoft's entertainment division:
A recent study showed that that 18-26-year-olds are roughly spending 75 hours a week with our box [Xbox 360], which is pretty amazing.
I'll grant that this is, in a way, pretty amazing. It's also pretty pathetic. Don't these people have anything else to do? A week has 168 hours and people sleep about 6.5 hours a night on average. So subtract those hours from the total hours in a week and you're left with 47.5 hours. That's 6.8 hours a day in which you're not gaming or sleeping. Don't get me wrong I love me some videogames, but that's just outrageous.