Re(2): Your thoughts on the essay? Posted on 9/18/2015 at 00:10:36 AM by Jean
I'm delighted that you have found substance with which to disagree with the essay. Cheers for "The Martian and Andy Weir -- I was not aware of him or his book, but that is great that it took off from a blog.
The decline in recreational reading is real, sad to say, and I, too, remember"Why Johnny Can't Read." When I was in college, one of our professors said, "The best year for fiction in America was 1925...." which sort of went over my head at the time. Since then, I realized -- of course! There was NO RADIO then, far less TV, Internet or much of anything else for people to do with their leisure time.
So yes, a lot of books got published then that probably would not make it now. But while books are having to fight to stay competitive, some are succeeding -- cheers for Andy Weir and others like him! -- and we are hoping that WhP might possibly add one or two memorable works to those bookshelves that many people still love.
It is just kind of discouraging at times. So special thanks to you for your words of cheer!