U.S. Acres by Jim Davis

U.S. Acres

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  1. Michael Thorton

    Michael Thorton said, almost 4 years ago

    Don’t even go THERE, piggywiggy.

    Trust me. TV is NOTHING compared with the comfort of a good book. It is just so sad that kids don’t read today.

    Speaking as a writer and as a sad, lonely geek, when I was in school, I had a very difficult time. People would bully me and steal my lunch. Throughout six years of school, from junior high till graduation, I never had a thing to eat.

    To forget my hunger, I went to the only place in the school where I could be alone: the school library with its vast array of books. Yellowed old classics, ratty James Bonds, vast arrays of Indian writers, the occasional Star Wars novel…and Pollyanna.

    Books are, were and will be the mainstay of my life. I despise e-books and Kindles because they take everything writers work for and reduce it to less than cheap newsprint. And for the most part, TVs are just as bad.

    Everyone on this website should take the initiative to read at least one good book a day. Particularly kids. Especially latchkey kids.

  2. win

    win said, almost 4 years ago

    Kill your television.

  3. Keith Russell

    Keith Russell said, almost 4 years ago

    You mean, that’s a TV? I thought they were um… more rectangular and thinner?

  4. hcr1985

    hcr1985 said, almost 4 years ago

    That TV just goes to show how old this strip is!!!….of course, today that would probably be an ipad!!

  5. mvw

    mvw said, almost 4 years ago

    At least Mr. Haney didn’t show up to sell him a new one.

  6. exturk

    exturk said, almost 4 years ago

    Remember when Calvin was reading a book, and asks Hobbes about a quote he had just read: What does it mean—
    Religion is the opiate (opium) of the people
    The TV in the background thinks: Marx hasn’t seen anything yet!!

  7. CrypticWizard

    CrypticWizard said, almost 4 years ago

    @Michael Thorton

    You hit the nail on the head, my friend. Things were the same for me in school, and I feel the same way about books. I sense a kindred spirit in you.

  8. F6F5Hellcat

    F6F5Hellcat said, almost 4 years ago

    @Michael Thorton

    You know, that’s something I despise. People thinking everyone can read a good book in a day. I, for the most part, can’t. It usually takes me a week or two to go from cover to cover just curling up and reading a few chapters a day. Unless it’s a short book I can’t read it in a single day, but I enjoy my time with it.

    I do wonder how many people REALLY read a book in a single day who claim they do. And how many read a book in a single day who skip over sections. I’ve got two sisters who both claim to be able to read a book in a day. The younger of the two can, or could given how often shes too busy now, read four books in a day. Each book being 212 or more pages long. And you’d ask her about something in the books and she could give details saying she’d actually read them. The older of the two was a skipper, she’d come up to you and start a discussion on the book, discussing parts from the beginning and end so it would seem she’d read it. But she had the slight problem of you bringing up something from the middle of the book and she’d ask what book that was from. Then she’d admit she hadn’t read that part.

  9. awgiedawgie

    awgiedawgie GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Michael Thorton

    On the contrary. e-books bring the world of literature in a new way to people, many of whom may never otherwise read books. An author doesn’t spend endless hours toiling for a stack of pages between covers – he does it for what is printed on those pages. My mother is an author, and her work is available both in print and electronically. e-books also provide a way to take an infinite number of books with you whenever you travel – a much better alternative to watching television in your hotel room. I personally do not own an e-reader. I own several hundred wonderful books, and I love reading them, but I’m not so set in my ways as to disparage others for enjoying literature in a more modern way.

  10. awgiedawgie

    awgiedawgie GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Don’t be so hasty to despise things about people – it isn’t healthy. Not that some people don’t have some truly despicable traits, but it doesn’t do you any good to despise them.

    There are a number of good books that can be read in a day. The old Nero Wolfe novels by Rex Stout, or “The Cat…” series by Lilian Jackson Braun, for example – roughly 200 pages each – many people (notice I didn’t say “everyone”) could easily read one of those in a day. When I was younger, I would read a 200-300 page novel in a couple of hours (and quite often DID so, because I usually waited until the night before a book report was due to crack the cover).

    The books I go for now, however, are in the 500-1000 page range, and are a lot more in-depth. With those, I am more like you, in that they easily take me a couple of weeks to read and really absorb.

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