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Monday, April 24, 2006

Turn off your TV week

"Do you know we are ruled by TV?"-- from the poem An American Prayer by Jim Morrison

Now I'll confess, despite not owning a set, I have nothing against television. I think there are some wonderful stories being told on television. It's a wonderful media in that you can extend a story over a period of years. Granted, there are some artificial impositions on the story given the contracts of actors and the whims of ratings. Still, there is good storytelling going on.

However, I also appreciate the turn off your television movement.

This week launches the National Turn Off Your TV Week. Its organizers suggest spending a week doing something other than watching television: getting outside, playing games with your family, making things, or my personal favorite: reading.

My week isn't likely to be very different. Since I don't have a television to turn on, turning it off isn't going to make much difference. So I'll spend this week catching up on things that slid behind while I was sick last week: working on a freelance book, finishing up chapters for work, and crocheting ponchos and purses for an upcoming show.

However, I also have a few books at bedside that I'm working my way through: two books on attention deficit disorder and a book of drama lessons for 5- to 11-year-olds. I'm also expecting the arrival of a biography of an Olympic swimmer and Elizabeth Peters' latest novel.

If you find yourself unprepared with books for a week of a silenced screen, perhaps you might be interested in one of April's new releases:

  • Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
  • Dead Days of Summer by Carolyn Hart
  • Hitched: A Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark
  • Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Dark Tort by Diana Mott Davidson
  • Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein
  • Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods


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