Monday, January 28, 2008

An excuse to read

Riding on public transportation is a great excuse to read -- a LOT. New Yorkers certainly appear to be a literate group of folks. Sometimes fully a third of people on the subway are reading something. Those who aren't reading are usually listening to an iPod or sleeping. :-)

There is a high percentage of people, mostly women, reading the gossip magazines. "Reading" should be in quotes.

Of Mary's recent reading list, she would highly recommend Persepolis (the complete version), by Marjane Satrapi. We saw the movie version of it yesterday--it's nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The book is much better, but the movie is definitely worth seeing. She's currently reading The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien: a moving Vietnam War novel. It's chilling to think that yet another generation is having to deal with the kinds of mental anguish he describes. When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn ...

If Rachel were writing this blog, she would recommend the whole series of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. She LOVES them.

Jeff loves his Rex Stout books and always gets a kick out of reading them, no matter how many times he does.

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