in lieu of thinking
J.G. Ballard feels the same way as I do, apparently:
‘I think the enemy of creativity in the world today is that so much thinking is done for you. The environment is so full of television, party political broadcasts and advertising campaigns, you hardly need to do anything. We’re just drowning under manufactured fiction, which satisfies our need for fiction – you scarcely need to go and read a novel.’
Time for me to take a pause from reading, if not necessarily writing, I think.