What do millennials read? MinnPost is asking YOU

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Millennials are infamous for their short, 140-characters-or-less attention spans.

In a world defined by video clips, emails, texts, tweets, posts, and pokes, some observers wonder if 20- and 30-somethings can concentrate long enough to read books anymore.

We’d like to think so. We at least hope so.

Whether it’s a Kindle e-book or a worn-out hardcover; whether page-turning during the work commute or while sitting on the john; we want to know what you’re reading.

Assure us you’re doing more than tweeting, boozing, and streaming episodes of “Burn Notice” in your spare time. Tell MinnPost which books you’ve read lately and which titles you’ve been recommending to others.

Email ypn [at] minnpost [dot] com by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.

Participants are entered to win two Park Square Theatre tickets, good for any show through June 2011.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Sarah Stockton on 11/29/2010 - 06:51 pm.

    I recently finished two books both of which I would recommend:

    Richard Yates by Tao Lin
    The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche

    Other books that I consistently recommend:

    Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
    A Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

    Lin? Vonnegut? Nietzsche? LOL, what a stereotypical millennial hipster I am!

    This is so obvious I shouldn’t have to state it, but I find it incredibly offensive that you would assert–whether for the laughs, because it’s fashionable to pick on millennials, or because it actually represents your viewpoint–that millennials cannot possibly be well-read because of their use of technology and the internet somehow precludes that.

    For the record, I’m 26, I tweet, I blog, I booze, I watch DVDs of my favorite television programs, and I am very well-read. So do and are all of my closest friends. How do you think I even found out about your article in the first place? Because an organization I follow retweeted you, and I clicked on the link out of a general interest in reading what millennials like to read, apparently unaware of how stupid and technologically-hypnotized all of us are.

    A piece of advice from your target audience: next time I would recommend framing the question in a way that isn’t alienating.

  2. Submitted by Michelle Bruhn on 11/30/2010 - 08:53 am.

    I’m in the middle of the third book The Girl Who Kicked th ehornet’s Nest in the trilogy by Steig Larsson –
    http://www.amazon.com/Stieg-Larsson/e/B001J95ACO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
    Highly recommended!
    They’ve got all three movies out now too I think- waiting till I finish the books to watch the movies tho…

  3. Submitted by Jamie Christianson on 11/30/2010 - 02:25 pm.

    These are the weathered paperbacks I’m currently nose-deep in:

    Latin Moon in Manhattan by Jaime Manrique (an immigrant’s journey in the NYC burroughs – you will laugh, you will scoff, and you will furrow your brows);

    The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll (in fact, ANYTHING by Jonathan Carroll will blow your mind — it’ll put your own creative imagination to shame);

    and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Froer (a piece of literature that redefined multi-genre in its own right).

    I’ve exhausted my attention span on this. Off to Twitter I go!

  4. Submitted by Audra Otto on 12/01/2010 - 02:04 pm.

    In response to Sarah Stockton:

    It seems you misread the post.

    By no means did I contend “millennials cannot possibly be well-read because of their use of technology;” I asserted just the opposite.

    I stated “some observers wonder if 20- and 30-somethings can concentrate long enough to read books anymore,” and indicated my belief that they can and do.

    Notice that the accompanying photo defies stereotype; the image captures a millennial reading serious fiction — “Time’s Arrow” by Martin Amis.

    Nor did I indicate millennials are “stupid and technologically-hypnotized” — I prompted readers to “assure us” young people haven’t given up books. I myself am a 20-something and I’m neither ignorant nor bound to technology. I have devoted the greater part of my adult life to reading and analyzing literature.

    The post was a call for submissions — an open invitation for readers to challenge a stereotype, to disprove an assumed reality by sharing their literary journeys and recommendations.

    The resulting compilation of reader responses will certainly make a case for the literary seriousness of our generation.

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