I have always been, well. . . lazy. Instead of searching out lots of cool things to do and be into, I have instead surrounded myself with awesome and interesting people who I will then mooch off of for pop culture. I call it being a “cultural symbiote”, here’s how it works. My friend has someone to go on and on with about the subject close to his/her heart and I get an enthusiastic entry to a band, author, or what have you. Then, at a certain level of exposure I decide if the new interest is going to ‘stick’ or not. Usually the answer is a resounding “YES!” and I am a convert.
The best example of this is when a buddy in college had Neil Gaiman’s Sandman #50 on his coffee table. He had just been re-reading the series and I was intrigued by the gorgeous artwork. I fell into the intricate story and the next thing you know I’d read the entire series. Oh, and I later married the guy, so that’s good, too! So, hobbies, great music and reads, even romance could be yours with just a little bit of interest in other folks.
How can you develop this time and energy-saving ability, you ask? Practice!
Where can you practice? At the Library!
We have lots of events and bookclubs all around town and one of the newest, and my current favorite, is the Milwood Graphic Novel Bookclub. They meet on the first Thursday of the month, from 6 to 8 pm and chat about lots of great comics and graphic novels they are reading.
Check out the roster of upcoming titles here http://library.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/AMI_GNBC_flyer_SUMMER2013-SMALL_0.pdf
I’ll see you there and maybe we’ll share a new interest with each other.