I think I paid $18 for my paperback copy of 2666. Assuming I read a page every 2 minutes, it took me 30 hours to read it. At least 30 hours. That means my imagination and art eating self was engaged for 60¢ per hour. Compare that to two hours of empty spectacle in a movie theater. I have thought about the beauty, terror, and secrets inside 2666 for many, many hours after I put it down. What of Transformers? All of this toward the notion: Read books. Don’t balk at buying a book. You will not find a more disproportionately rewarding experience.
I mean, food/love/making art/using your body/helping people/silence/being in nature without disturbing it is also pretty good, too.
And yeah, I love movies. Many movies. Including pure spectacle. But I want to blackmail myself a little bit into going for the good stuff.