miércoles, 29 de septiembre de 2010

Lee un libro

Esta es la columna de la semana pasada en UWeekly. No creo que sea algo que no haya dicho en este foro...

OPINION: Read a book - I swear it won't kill you
By Gabino Iglesias

You know how sometimes you stop in the middle of a sentence, struggling to find a word to express what you want to say? How about those times when you read something for a class and have no idea what a particular word means? Even better: have you noticed that your ability to concentrate on schoolwork is seriously impaired by a nagging little voice that's always telling you to get on Facebook yet again? Well, don't fret; I'm here to offer you a simple, cheap, entertaining and portable solution to all your conundrums: get a book and read it.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Don't worry; I won't get too preachy on you. Here's the thing, plain and simple: reading is good for you. Want to know how? Well, your brain is a muscle and, in order to stay strong, flexible and sexy, it requires as much training as the rest of your body. When you pick up a book, your brain goes to work. Just like your body responds to resistance training or cardio by getting leaner, meaner and more powerful, your intellect improves when you dig into a piece of literature. Likewise, reading has been shown to improve your memory. And couldn't we all use a bit more of that when finals roll around?

Reading also improves your ability to concentrate. Just imagine: getting through homework quicker, not being as bored in class, and not having to pop Adderalls like candy because you have less than a day left to finish that monstrous final paper. Sounds good, right? All it takes is a little time and a tome.

Let's keep rolling. The more you read, the more your vocabulary grows. That translates into less time spent leafing or clicking around to find the unusual synonyms and powerful adjectives to make your papers sound more intelligent. It also translates into a confident, more eloquent you when you have to speak in public or go on that dreaded job interview. Trust me: in the current sad employment panorama, every little advantage counts. I'm not saying that you need to use words like "xylopyrography" on a daily basis or that you need to become a renowned deipnosophist, but being articulate can go a long way.

Now let's get to the stuff that you really care about. First off, reading can help you pick up somebody wherever you go because you'll have something interesting to share. Also, with Austin being the weird and remarkable city it is, there are plenty of independent bookstores where you can get a book for a buck while simultaneously giving corporate America the finger.

Last but not least, opening a book is something you can do for free while sunbathing at the lake, waiting for the bus, killing time between classes or when your Internet is down. What the hell are you waiting for? I've given you enough reasons - now go get a book.


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Anónimo dijo...

the great GAB! been hearing about the great GAB for quite some time now. i actually start reading a few weeks ago, I now know i should it start earlier, but better late than never i like to say, but i think i owe that much to my good friend (manu)he's the one who has been encouraging me for the last few months the same thing! Lee un Libro! i hate to say it, but that grumpy bastard was right! keep it up GAB! btw forgive the lack of big words and good grammar! i try...

Gabino dijo...


Manu es mi hermano. Cualquier amigo de ese desvergonzado es amigo mío. Bienvenido al blog. Espero que los disfrutes y comentes todo lo que te de la gana.
As for the big words, I think they belong in dictionaries most of the time. Grammas...that´s a constant struggle for all of us. Thanks for reading!