News and Commentary

What ever happened to the bygone days of pipe smoking?

Ever wonder why you don’t see as many pipe smokers today as we once saw years ago?

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Well, Marcus Jones offers his take on this in his article entitled “Why Don’t People Smoke Pipes Anymore?

Here’s an excerpt from that article:

“When a bunch of guys have big, fat cigars in their mouths, they will inevitably start talking about women and sports, whereas a group of pipe smokers might become engrossed in the topic of the economy in Zimbabwe or the declining quality of tweed elbow patches, which would make for what most would find a very boring evening.”

I think Marcus Jones is onto something here.

There’s a certain debonair sophistication about pipe smoking. But as sophistication has gone the way of the Dodo bird (along with a list of apparently other archaic concepts such as critical thought, shared morality, common decency, and basic civility), so has gone the fine art of pipe smoking.

And fedoras. Let’s not forget fedoras.

Personally, if I smoked tobacco, I’d feel more at home with the pipe smokers and their “boring” conversations, even though I don’t know much about tweed.

So let’s bring it back, shall we? Let’s bring back the lost allure of deep, cognitive conversations punctuated with puffs from a pipe while wearing fedoras. Oh, and with a side of tea or coffee.

Who’s with me?

(Read Marcus Jones’ entire article here.)

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America’s non-readers.

This article contains some very interesting facts regarding the demographics of non-readers in America.

Most surprising is that 28% of those over age 50 haven’t read a book in the past year, compared to only 20% spanning the ages 18 to 49. But then again, if you’ve ever been to a nursing home then you know that the TVs are all on and the bookshelves are usually covered in a layer of undisturbed dust. Beside eyesight being an issue in the elderly, I don’t have an answer for why over a quarter of older Americans don’t read.

Overall, this article is worth the short read . . . unless, of course, you’re a non-reader.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/23/who-doesnt-read-books-in-america/