Saturday, July 15, 2006
Thank God for bad TV
There is an old quote by Grouch Marx;
"I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book."
I guess I'm starting to understand exactly what he meant. Since I got back to Greece I've been reading like crazy and I think part of the reason is that the TV channels have decided that as it is summer anyone with an IQ higher than room temperature is not sitting in front of their TV. If this isn't a self-fulfilling prophesy then I need to look up the definition.
Yep, we have a fine of choice of quality entertainment at our disposal, which ranges from dire Brazilian soaps, badly dubbed into Greek to endless hours of people trying to sell you rugs crafted by the simple, hard - working, indigenous peoples of ... wherever. After zapping through all this trash you just want to switch off. Well, their loss is literature's gain.
By the way I've finished The Handmaid's Tale. Now, there's a great read. If anyone in Thessaloniki feels like reading it in English, email me.