Now, on the contrary, every moment of serious reading has to be fought for, planned for.
Tim Parks in “Reading: The Struggle,” in the New York Review of Books, about finding the time — real solitude, not just breaks in your schedule — for serious reading, especially work of “conceptual delicacy and syntactical complexity” and novels of the past.
Dickens is a world to immerse yourself in for periods of not less than half an hour, otherwise the mind will struggle to accustom itself to the aura of it all…
He talks about how the conditions we read in today are much different than just fifty, even thirty years ago, and what that means for contemporary fiction — and how it will adapt.
On the literary works of now:
There is a battering ram quality to the contemporary novel, an insistence and repetition that perhaps permits the reader to hang in despite the frequent interruptions to which most ordinary readers leave themselves open.