In an interview in the January issue of Esquire magazine, novelist and biographer Nick Tosches was asked about reading great books. Here is his answer:
They say nobody has the attention span. If I start to read something good, I’ll look and it’s 86 pages already.
Attention span. What are they talking about? If it’s good, it’ll drag you in.
To me, it’s one of the only experiences left where what the reader does is half of it. You go to the movie, all this other stuff, it’s like you’re looking at wallpaper.
But you read a book and you get to put your take in there. The writer does half and the reader does half. That is the magic of it.