Fortress Of Solitude

green crystal

Every time January roles around I get the reading bug.  If I could, I’d read all day and never get any work done.  This is my reading season, and I feel an urgency to read as much as I can during the next few months because I know that this season will pass.  In the spring I tend to read a little less, by the summer –  hardly at all.

Being a huge geek, I like to think of this period of reading/studying as my time in The Fortress Of Solitude. You know what that is, right?  Remember in the first Superman movie, when Clark finds that glowing, green crystal in the barn and brings it with him to the Arctic?   He throws the crystal into the snow and the fortress builds itself.

Here’s what happens next…

(watch video)

Clark was 18 here, and he stayed in the fortress for 12 years (!)  learning everything he needed to know.

I consider three or four months a year of intense reading and study to be good enough for a human. So I consume two books/week – one physical book and one audiobook.

I want Marlon Brando to narrate my audiobooks

If you ever listen to audiobooks, you know that a crappy narrator can ruin the whole thing.  The other day, I was listening to a particularly boring narrator, when my brain conjured up Marlon Brando as Jor-El.  It got me through the boring delivery.

You know how you can program your GPS to speak as Arnold Schwarzenegger or Yoda?  I want someone to come up with that technology for audiobooks. Wouldn’t it be great if you could select your own narrator?  Marlon Brando would be in my top 3.

Speaking of awesome narrators…

Here are 3 of my favourite:

1. Sean Penn – Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One.  When one of the best actors on earth reads an audiobook, you know it’s going to be good.  He kinda sounds like Dylan, too.  I highly recommend this one.

2. Barack ObamaDreams From My Father.  I don’t think I have to tell you that Obama is a fantastic speaker.  My favourite part of this book is when he swears his head off, recounting his teenage conversations with his best friend.  Awesome.

3. Carrie FisherWishful Drinking.  Usually, but not always, audiobooks are best read by the author.  This is definitely the case with Fisher.  I can’t imagine anyone else delivering her words. The funniest audiobook I’ve ever listened to.  (David Sedaris would be my 2nd runner up.)

Currently listening to Eating The Dinosaur (Chuck Klosterman) and reading Drive (Daniel H. Pink)

p.s. my fortress is only figurative, but this guy’s is for real!

(photo by Ali Eisner)

3 Responses to Fortress Of Solitude

  1. Phil says:

    I watched the superman clip with Hammy’s Secret LIfe playing in the background. Total coincidence. 🙂 Or maybe I just check my tweets too much… either way, funny.

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