I have probably close to 10,000 comic books. My DVD collection is pushing 1,000 discs. I have no idea how many books I have. Whenever I move, I realize that about 85% of the stuff I own is media. And despite all of this, I want more.
Wanting more stuff is human. I don’t have a problem with it. The problem I have is that there are certain logistics I’m slowly becoming aware of. Let’s assume it takes me ten minutes to read a comic book. Assuming I have 10,000 comics and I want to reread them all, it would take me about half a year to do it if I all I did was read comics twelve hours every day. Let’s average out my DVDs to two hours each even though most of them are longer than that. That’s almost another half year of twelve hour shifts. (And this is of course assuming I don’t buy any more, which of course I will.)
So, if I took an entire year off and didn’t work or write or do anything but watch TV and read comics. I might get through it all. But of course I can’t do that. In fact, to be honest, if I really dedicated myself to it, I could probably squeeze two hours a day into this project. And with that math, I’m looking at a project that would take me roughly FIVE YEARS.
And during those five years, there will be new movies, TV shows, comics, music that I’m going to want to check out. My point here is that I’m beginning to realize that I’m not sure I have time to reread things or watch a favorite movie for the tenth (or even second or third) time. Like for instance, this evening I felt like reading, but I can’t quite decide between rereading more of Warren Ellis’ awesome masterwork, Transmetropolitan or Cory Doctorow’s brand new young adult novel, Little Brother. Transmet I’ve probably read two or three times, so one might argue that reading something new would be good, but then again, when you read something again, it always hits you differently.
I bought the box set of Homicide sometime last year. Homicide was one of my favorite shows and I’m slowly watching the entire series again for the first time since it went off the air. Why? Because it’s an amazingly well put together show. Also I’m getting things I couldn’t get before from it. The last time I watched it, I wasn’t a parent so any episodes with kids, I didn’t really relate to except from the kid perspective. Also there are actors who’ve gone on to do other things since last I saw the show. In one of the best scenes of the entire series Andre Brougher’s character Frank Pembleton, gets a confession out of an innocent man. That man was played by Grey’s Anatomy’s Isaiah Washington.
I like to reread quality books and quality television and movies. It’s fun and I get a lot out of it. The thing of it is, I also like discovering the new. Though I’ve been buying it every month, I only recently read all of Matt Fraction’s comic series Casanova. I’d been buying it exclusively on the power of the reading the first issue, but now, having read 1-13 all in one sitting, I have to say that Matt Fraction is all sorts of awesome. And he’s not even done yet. I’m looking forward to the next issue and believe me I won’t be waiting to read it.
I guess I’m just trying to figure out the balance of the new and the classic. It makes me sad to think there are DVDs on my shelf that I’ll probably never watch again, but it also makes me sad to think there are great ones out there I’ll never see. So I’m not sure where that leaves me.