My intellectual sloth to end
And every summer for years and years
I’ve read Sherlock Holmes and The Three Musketeers.”—American light-verse poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971), “Have You Read Any Good Books Tomorrow?” in Everyone But Thee And Me (1962)
For many of us now, it was going to be during the pandemic that the “intellectual sloth” would end. But even Arthur Conan Doyle and Alexander Dumas might be a stretch—in these days of distraction, passivity and enervation, they’d be simply too long to read.