Sunday, March 7, 2010
Are audiobooks making me a liar?
I've been reading a wonderful book: Spark by John J. Ratey. It's about the effect exercise has on the brain. It's revolutionary and pretty much eviscerates the mind/body problem. But that's a topic for another time. My concern at the moment is that I haven't really been reading it. I've been listening to it on my iPod. And I wonder, does that count as reading? Last year I listened to Julia Child's autobiography My Life In France (loved it!), and now I tell people I've read it. Am I lying? Is it the same thing to hear and to read? Do I have an obligation to tell people that it was an audiobook? I feel this compulsion for full disclosure, but maybe I'm just obsessing. So, I ask all of you, should I be specific of how I got through the book, or are the "reading" and "listening" interchangeable in this context?
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