it is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. ~ ralph waldo emerson

to point out the bleeding obvious, i think that our people don’t read enough good literature. of course we read. but a lot of us read too much trash. gossip and entertainment are good and all. i personally like a juicy one once in a while to make my life feel less pathetic. but for a lot of people, it kinda just stops there.

what bugs me most, is that some people are actually proud that they are non-readers. start surfing facebook, and you will see notes like, “what’s a book?” in the ‘favourite books’ info section. and since we’re on this section, hands up, how many of you proudly declare that “sleeping” is your favourite pastime? i honestly cannot understand why you would do such a thing to yourself. of course everyone likes sleeping and a lot of us can certainly do with a few more clocked hours of sleep a day, but this is not something you want to point out as your favourite pastime. i must say that i am horrified.

and i can understand when people say that they can’t handle heavy literature. hey man, that’s fine. but not all books – or reading material for that matter – are heavy stuff. there are plenty of decent articles in local magazines which are light and non-trashy.

as a writer pulak, it breaks my heart when editor tell me that readers don’t like long features. the new trend is to scatter as many photos as possible, with short descriptions. wt-? and we wonder why there are so few malaysian writers out there that stay in the industry of writing long features. and then as a result of this pulak, there is a lack of good reading material in our circulation. macam mana nak pull the interest of the already lazy reading malaysian out there?

it is a vicious circle, i tell you. it might not seem like a big deal to you, but it is to me. i am a reader and i want good stories. i am a writer, and i have some pretty damn awesome stories to share.


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