Friday, March 6, 2009

Who's Reading These Days?

Suddenly I'm even more appreciative toward my female readers!

This clipping is from a recent profile of the novelist Ian McEwan in THE NEW YORKER:

Three years ago, McEwan culled the fiction library of his London town house, in Fitzroy Square. He and his younger son, Greg, handed out thirty novels in a nearby park. In an essay for the Guardian, McEwan reported that “every young woman we approached . . . was eager and grateful to take a book,” whereas the men “could not be persuaded. ‘Nah, nah. Not for me. Thanks, mate, but no.’ ” The researcher’s conclusion: “When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.”

1 comment:

  1. Wow- could be true... for at least 50 percent of novels.