I recently read a piece in The Flyleaf, a publication of the friends of the Hiram College Library. In it, Ugur Aker, a professor emeritus of economics and management, contributed the inaugural review of work from the past which is worthy of renewed consideration. In his essay, Aker described what he had taken from the book back then, and how different his current take-away is.
- listen to white noise while you read
- try an audiobook
- alternate between genres
- always carry a book with you
- have your next book ready
I just returned from family time in Colorado, with lots of airport hours each way.
And as is the case with airports everywhere, there was a Hudson’s for last-minute purchases at exorbitant prices, with prominent displays of bestsellers. Oh, to be Patterson or Sedaris!
Who buys a big heavy book at an airport?
This made me think of The Accidental Tourist–at least I think that was the book/movie in which the protagonist wrote travel guides for people who hate travel. He advised always traveling with a hardcover book to discourage seat mates from chatting.
But are there many people like that out there?
If so, they must be limited to the planes, because they certainly weren’t in the airports.
In ascending order of frequency, I saw people work reading,
and reading on electronic devices.
I am in this last group. It’s the perfect way to carry literally hundreds of books in the space and weight of one paperback. DEFINITELY THE WAY TO GO!