Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Michael Johnson posts again — twice!
After a long silence, Michael Johnson is a prolific blogger again. He has a post on Robert Anton Wilson's "Jumping Jesus" thoughts, (with a hint at the end on on where his blog's name might come from) and a post "On Ethnomusicality and Universality in Music."
I exchanged emails a few days ago with Ted Gioia, the first contact I'd had with him in months, and then the next day I read Michael's post, which is largely about Ted Gioia. I liked the synchronicity, a topic Michael talks about.
Also, I liked this bit from Michael:
Scholars of reading like David Hall and Rolf Engelsing have confirmed and drawn out something I'd assumed: around 1750 or so, "intensive" reading - in which a reader reads a book or books over and over - gave way to our modern "extensive" way of reading a book, rather quickly, then moving on to the next thing. I know certain 20th century writers - Robert Frost comes to mind - were known for reading the same 20 books over and over. I think many of us do both types of reading.
I do both kinds of reading, too; I had never heard of intensive reading, although it makes sense in a age of much fewer titles. As I remarked the other day, I listened to a podcast in which Gordon White attacked James Joyce as the worst writer of the 20th century; maybe Gordon isn't into intensive reading?