The increase in open access journals and pre-print archives has led to a marked increase in the volume of scientific literature, but I find myself reading less, not more, and reading differently. The constant onslaught of articles with relevant titles and my inability to keep up has led to a sort of learned helplessness. I just don’t try as hard as I used to; it feels like, “what is the point?” This feeling of resignation is compounded by what I find when I do pick up an article: one or two experiments; a fragment of an idea; and a presumption that I should have read the author’s prior $n$ articles on the same subject and be willing to wait for the piecemeal roll out the next $m$.