cerealdan wrote:basilseal wrote:This thread is depressing as hell.
This whole discussion nicely typifies one of my biggest problems with TLS. So once you study yourself into the ground for the LSAT, get into a T14 and make LR, and then go through miserable OCI interviews and callbacks and finally make BigLaw and with it a six-figure salary: congratulations, you have money, but you're also an utterly uninteresting person with a flat soul. Why have money without the ability to appreciate the Good Life?
It's hard for me to imagine a life without letters, although I get that apparently most people don't feel that way. But I think it's mendacious to claim that books can simply be replaced by movies (or vice versa, for that matter) and one's experience, and mind, are the same whether stimulated by either. I highly, highly recommend folks read Nicholas Carr's The Shallows or, if you are one of these people who can't be bothered to read books, his article in the Atlantic (I think it's called something like "Google Is Making Us Stupid"- and, please, read it before commenting).
Deep reading is not merely one mode of entertainment among others- it has been western civilization's dominant mode of self-understanding for millennia. I suppose this is why I get so upset when I see flip remarks about not reading; if you don't read books, at least understand that you're giving up the patrimony of a highly unusual and developed human activity which has sustained the human spirit for ages.