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OUR DEVOTION TO LITERATURE

Posted by Tim Bryce on October 23, 2015

BRYCE ON BOOKS

– learning to appreciate reading, regardless what form it may take.

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A few nights ago, my wife and I were visiting with some friends and somehow we got on the subject of literature, specifically the books we read in High School years ago. We compiled quite a list including: “Across Five Aprils” by Irene Hunt, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, “Madame Curie” by Eve Curie, “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, “The Good Earth” by Pearl Buck, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare, “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway, “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane, “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and “The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. I’m sure I have forgotten others mentioned that evening, but I think you get the idea.

I don’t think we could point at any of these books and say there was a personal favorite among them. As for me, I found Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” particularly interesting and devoured the book hoping to find a happy ending. I didn’t. It was all rather depressing. Even though I understood the book’s message, I stopped reading Steinbeck after that. The point is, like so many High School students, we drudged through the reading and even though we would hit a dud now and then, we were all glad to have read the books. I think this is due in part to our love of literature. When we were kids, we relished visiting the library or have our parents read to us at night. Each year our elementary school would sponsor a book fair and we would gobble up what we could. By the time we entered high school in the late 1960’s, the book bug had already bitten us.

I’ve read a lot of books since then, but I cannot say I am as voracious a reader as my wife or mother who seem to digest books on a weekly basis. I find my time is more limiting so I tend to be more careful what I read. If a book doesn’t grab my attention in the first few pages, forget it; I don’t need another “Grapes of Wrath.” When I was younger, I was more inclined to read novels, my favorite being “Shogun” by James Clavell, but as I became older my interests gravitated towards nonfiction, specifically history and biographies.

Because of my upbringing, I thought it was important to read to my children at night and took them to the library. Although they were good students, I don’t know if they were bitten by the same book bug, and I suspect a lot of people from Generations X/Y/Z followed suit. This puzzles me greatly. I just don’t see the love of reading anymore.

I believe a large part of the problem is the physical format of literature today. Whereas our generation was accustomed to hard bound or soft bound books, youth is more familiar with computer or cell phone screens today. The Internet, e-books and eZines have taken its toll on the printed word which is why paper is no longer king. It also explains why trade journals have disappeared, subscriptions to newspapers and magazines have greatly diminished, and we now see a rise in electronic book readers like the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. Do such devices truly encourage leisurely reading as paperbacks did? I doubt it. Nonetheless, it is a fact of life.

Locally, a High School in our area is conducting an experiment for the county school system whereby they are eliminating all text books and replacing them with Amazon Kindles. In theory, it represents a cost effective solution but the real question is their readability. If this experiment results in impairment of student scores and grades, look for it to be dropped like a hot potato. If it’s successful though, I’ll be curious to see how it affects the love of literature by the students. My thinking is they will be more inclined to watch the movie “The Grapes of Wrath” on their iPods as opposed to reading it on their Amazon Kindles.

Originally published: September 28, 2010

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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4 NEW BOOKS FOR COMMON SENSE DURING UNCOMMON TIMES

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 18, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

TIM BRYCE – 4 NEW BOOKS FOR COMMON SENSE DURING UNCOMMON TIMES

Management, Change, Technology, Politics, and the American Scene

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PALM HARBOR, FL, USA (NOV 18, 2014) – While some authors are satisfied producing just one book, author Tim Bryce has produced four. Bryce is an essayist who has written on such things as business management, technology, politics, our changing world, and profiles of the American character. Urged on by his readers and listeners on the radio, he has produced a series of books based on his columns. Entitled, “Bryce’s Uncommon Sense Series,” it includes:

“ESSAYS ON THE AMERICAN SCENE” – Humorous descriptions of the human condition in America.
ISBN-13: 978-1503115576
ISBN-10: 1503115577
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“ESSAYS ON OUR EVER CHANGING WORLD” – Describes cultural changes and why they occur, particularly due to technology.
ISBN-13: 978-1503102187
ISBN-10: 1503102181
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“THE FACTS OF LIFE REGARDING MANAGEMENT” – Lessons well suited for those aspiring to become effective managers, as well as for those who require a refresher or change of focus.
ISBN-13: 978-1503127043
ISBN-10: 1503127044
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“LIBERAL KRYPTONITE” – Tim’s political writings warning America about the liberal agenda.
ISBN-13: 978-1503126893
ISBN-10: 1503126897
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All books are available in paper and eBook format (Kindle) and are distributed by Create Space and Amazon.

Tim’s work varies from being educational one moment, to controversial or humorous the next. He describes it as “Software for the finest computer – the Mind” as he is asking his readers to think about things they either take for granted or simply overlook. From his perspective, it is just “common sense,” to others it is cause to stop and think. According to Bryce, “If the mind really is the finest computer, then there are a lot of people out there who need to be rebooted,” and this is where his writings come to play.

Bryce argues, “Management is not really complicated, but we now have a lot of bean counters who are overlooking the most important variable in the equation, namely ‘people’. Change is all around us, but as the use of technology increases, social skills decrease. As for the American Scene, I compare and contrast the human character of yesterday to today and simply ask, Why?”

While Bryce has a number of books to his credit, “Liberal Kryptonite,” is his first specifically addressing politics. This will be controversial in that he pins the country’s decline on the liberal agenda. It it, he challenges the mores of today and how it is influenced by the media. Several sections are included on history as well.

What they think of Tim’s work:

“Our listeners depend on Tim’s wit and wisdom and he always delivers from beautiful Palm Harbor Florida. Talk Radio listeners have many choices, none better than Tim Bryce.”
-John Siggins, WJTN-AM
Jamestown, NY

“Tim Bryce – rants on – and I often recoil from the tone but often there’s some uncluttered truth being written out loud.”
– Sarah Farrugia
London, UK

“He writes in a way that just inspires. He slowly takes things apart and puts them back together right before your eyes.”
– Wayne Brown
Arlington, TX

For more info on the four book series, including how to order, see:
http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/sense.htm

Published by:

MBA PRESS
(a division of M&JB Investment Company)
P.O. Box 675
Palm Harbor, FL 34682-0675
United States of America
Tel: 727-786-4567
http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/mbapress.htm
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Mr. Bryce is available for radio interviews and speaking engagements.

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