Have you noticed I haven’t posting a lot this summer? I haven’t been reading a lot this summer. Shocking, I know. The sad truth is that I’m struggling to read because of my eyes.
I’ve been preparing for the two classes on Children’s Lit that I’ll be teaching in August, but in order to bring the newest books to the presentation, I need to read digital advance copies. Ever heard of digital eye strain? I imagine that the human eye is going to have to evolve soon to compensate for the digital world we are living in.
For me, eye strain causes headaches and I’ve been a migraine sufferer for almost 25 years. I can’t spend a whole summer reading when it makes my head want to explode. Even switching to print can be difficult. It’s too much.
I don’t want to disappoint the people taking my classes so I’ve pushed myself to get in a lot of picture books and nonfiction. They are shorter and faster to get through than a novel.
I’d say “it’s ironic,” but I read somewhere once that that’s an often misused word, and I’d probably be the one to do just that. It does remind me of a fabulous old Twilight Zone episode starring Burgess Meredith. It’s called Time Enough At Last. If you aren’t familiar with the plot, the sole survivor of an apocalypse is a lover of books and is overjoyed to finally have time to read in peace. Until he breaks his glasses, that is.
The link above will take you to the Wikipedia entry on the episode. I am sure you can watch the full episode on YouTube as well.