So a short time ago I downloaded "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. It is a classic, one of the greatest books ever written IMO. It has been in publication for more than 50 years now.
So I was at work the other day, speaking to some of my more intelligent co-workers and I mentioned that I just got "Atlas Shrugged" on audiobook.
The response was blank stares, none of them had heard of "Atlas Shrugged" or Ayn Rand!!!
It bothered me that no one had heard of this book, let alone Ayn Rand who was one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. I could understand if they had said "Oh yeah, I've heard of it, but never read it." Let's face it, "Atlas Shrugged" is sort of like "Moby-Dick" famous, but seldom read, it is in fact a weighty tome.
Ray Bradbury once said "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."
Is it just me? It seems people just don't read much anymore, aside from what I call "popcorn"....pop culture books, magazine articles, websites, blogs, etc.