“I don’t read”, he said. And he said it with pride. “Reading is a waste of time. I get all I want from the electronic media.”
“Information maybe”, I conceded. “But what about fiction? Surely you read books.”.
“Who has the time for books?”, he replied. “Movies get over in two hours, and they are much more entertaining than books.”
I was speechless. Was there anything left to say? A large part of the joy of reading is in filling up the blanks. In imagining things. If that is lost to a person, I can only feel sorry for them.
A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.