I'm trying a new approach, the AlAnon adage Take what you like and leave the rest. Whiskey River, as is often the case, gives me just what I need:
"Listening, whether to a book or to a person, is the most challenging of the arts, because in listening truly we have to become aware of our own resistances to what is being said, which might be the truth; we must be able to be open and vulnerable in following the thoughts of another person as sincerely, deeply, and imaginatively as we can."
- Krishnan Venkatesh
Of course, there is also this point of view, via Ample Sanity:
"Once a woman passes a certain point in intelligence it is almost impossible to get a husband: she simply cannot go on listening to men without snickering."
- H.L. Mencken
Actually, though, I am listening. And reading. I'm reading several books at once, and the massive handouts for the Life Writing class I'll be taking next month. I'm also writing. Just not here.
I will be here in April, though.