when you’re alone do you talk to yourself out loud

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November 27, 2015 by unclespike218

yes a lot

so as tempting as it may be to write this according to the style on the card i drew this morning i’ll now continue with punctuation and capitalization where appropriate

Don’t need any of that Flowers for Algernon shit. (Awesome short story/novel, btw.)

It’s not so much talking to myself a lot that happens. It’s reading aloud to myself that happens a lot. I enjoy trying to make the book I’m reading as interesting as possible, bringing out the nuances of each sentence to prove that I really understand what I’m reading. And I figure that I absorb what I’m reading a bit better if I’m engaging my tongue, my mouth, and my vocal cords as well as my eyes.

I recently read The Great Gatsby aloud in its entirety, and I found a new challenge: bringing a different voice to each character. I usually read nonfiction, so this was not easy. Despite my ability to make Jay Gatsby himself distinct from the other characters, I took his signature “old sport” and made him sound not like he was from the Midwest or from West Egg, but from Challston, Sath Keh-lahna. Oh well.

Years ago, while on a retreat, I took along some library books that I thought would be helpful. They included The Millionaire Next Door and Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. I only remember reading part of The Power of Now aloud, but it didn’t seem to stick. And that was the end of that experiment. May have also not stuck because it didn’t really resonate with me.

It’s hard trying to read aloud from time to time. Even in this big house, I don’t want to disturb Mr. Man, so I wait until he’s gone. Now that I’m moving into my own office room in a few days, I’ll be able to read aloud more often. Books I’ve considered: The Fountainhead, biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius…and that’s just the beginning.

I sometimes also think…hey…what would it be like to actually read aloud for a living? Make audiobooks, read newspapers, that sort of thing? Be paid for the power of my voice? It’s sometimes compelling. I saw a video recently that recommended that I read for at least two uninterrupted hours a workday for two weeks…then, if I could handle that, then move forward. Because that’s what the job entails, at bare minimum.

But aside from that, I do sometimes talk to myself if I’m stuck in a bit of a quandary…probably like many people do. It’s not often, and it’s not crazy talk.


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