>Walking and chewing gum at the same time

>This story about headphones, etc. being banned from running races makes me think about our various discussions re audiobooks. I wonder why I'm capable of reading a printed book as a discrete activity, but listening to one requires me to either be in motion or playing solitaire or some low-level computer game. I can't just sit and listen. Are there any neuro-psych types out there who might be able to explain?

I understand the safety aspect of banning headphones from races but the "purity" aspect of it--that real runners are soooo tuned into their bodies and higher power and all--makes me laugh about how similar it is to readers who turn their nose up at book listeners.
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.
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Posted : Apr 11, 2008 09:45

Monica Edinger

>I would have agreed with the need to move while listening until my recent bus tour of Iceland. It did not at first occur to me to listen since the scenery was so spectacular and the guide was often speaking. However, I soon discovered that I was seated behind a couple of compulsive talkers and began listening as a way to tune them out. Worked out beautifully. If the scenery was all-absorbing or the guide spoke, I simply turned the Ipod off. I suppose I was doing something else (watching the scenery), but I wasn't physically active.

Having been a competitive distance runner decades ago I found the article fascinating. Like many quoted, I'm divided. I can see it being a problem for the more casual runners if they miss directions and not paying sufficient attention to those around them. However, I can also see how great it would be to help with pacing (I used to have a teeny bit of paper taped to my watch with my split times)and focus.

Posted : Aug 25, 2007 11:20

Roger Sutton

>Blogging always reminds me of what Nora Ephron wrote about her stint in a 1970s women's consciousness-raising group, where the discussion had devolved into talking about Thanksgiving: "and none of the women were interested in what another member was stuffing her turkey with, she was just waiting for her turn."

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>Well, I guess it takes one to know one.

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