November marks a kind of literary interlude near the end of each year.
The brave take on NaNoWriMo and attempt to conquer the writing of a short novel in the span of one month. I’ve tried a total of three times, and as the reminder emails become more and more prevalent in my email inbox as the end of October approaches, the thought occurred that…
Wait. Never mind. I’m way too busy.
So, I’m not doing that.
Instead, in honour of the literary significance of the month, and in recognition of another sad fact, I’m doing something else entirely.
Thus I say: Hi. My name is Brad. And I’m addicted to podcasts.
You all say… Hi Brad!
In a way podcasts are mostly just the modern equivalent of talk radio. Independent talk programming, downloaded to your device, and listened to at your convenience.
They are also filtered bubbles encompassing everything bad, destructive, and narrow-minded about the modern state of personalized media.
A double edged sword. And I’ll never quit them entirely.
But I can step back and for the month of November, in honour of that notion of literature and reading and storytelling in it’s most basic form, take a declared break in favour of a different audio fix: the audiobook. Novels, read aloud into my head while I walk, or run or ride, or even do that kind of work that just requires lots of left brain clicking or right brain abstractions. Stories that have been planned, edited, thought out, pushed through the wringer of clarity and purpose to convey a meaning beyond building an audience or generating ad revenue.
So, in November, for all of November, I’m going on a self-imposed hiatus from listening to anything pod-based. No pod comedy. No pod pop culture shows. No pod political commentary. No pod nothin…
Instead, I’ll be delving into a few new audiobooks in my queue. And for whatever it’s worth, I invite others to do the same. Let’s make November into more than a month to madly scramble to just write, and instead use it to purge our minds of the raw media of podcasts, twenty-four hour news cycles, and youtube gibberish, and instead read more, listen more, think more.
My 2 cents.