November 28th, 2006

breaking bad

The compulsion to have 'something to read'

coalescent asks 'is reading any old rubbish better than not reading anything?' and people interpret this variously. My answer is no. People can have good lives that don't involve reading, and I can find better things to do with my own time than read rubbish.

But a lot of people in the comments mention that they only feel really comfy if they have something to read. I think this is quite a common feeling. Do you feel a bit panicky if you find yourself waiting in a queue, and you don't have a book to read? And yet - look up and down the queue. Everyone else is standing patiently, without a book. Are they daydreaming? Are they stoical? Am I really in such a small minority?
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