I’ve declared I’m in “Just Write Something” mode and am avoiding reading wherever I can until I’ve broken the back of the writing projects.
Still, I keep adding new references to my book list, and people commenting on what I’ve said or written often share some other paper or video link “have you seen this?” – with or without any obvious relevance to anything I’ve said or written. That long Friston interview was an example. 4 hours running time (!) a full day of listening, thinking and capturing notes to discuss with the person that shared it. In a sense, all dialogue is distraction, but it is also creative – of evolving ways of expressing the ideas. But reading is always a distraction from writing and is only worth it if there is also creative input.
As well as the book list, there are always references to papers and articles – I always try to bookmark or download, even if I have no intention of an immediate read. With the books, adding to the list is usually it for now, but one or two are irresistible, so I acquire a copy, even if with no immediate plan to read. Expanding the “Library of Unread Books”.
These four fell into that category:
Post Note: Lo and behold, this from “We Are As Gods” just a few days later.
Dust off those Whole Earth Catalogs you’ve been saving. You’ll definitely want to thumb through them after watching WE ARE AS GODS, the @StewartBrand documentary coming out Sept 6 in US & CA to rent or buy on iTunes, Prime Video etc. Did you pre-order yet? https://t.co/O63yX1gJpX pic.twitter.com/C5FjnvSx1U
— We Are As Gods – On Digital Sept 6! (@WeAreAsGodsFilm) August 30, 2022