I love watching people read when I take the subway to work every morning. It gives me hope for the future.
You see a wide variety of reading materials on the R train. Many languages, many formats, cheap novels, literary novels, lots of bibles and other religious literature, history books, tabloid reports of the day’s tidings. Everybody is engrossed.
As near as I could tell, this guy was reading a C# software development guide.
These guys, who did not appear to know each other, had constructed a pile of newspapers to read from in their corner.
These kids have never seen a litblog. They don’t know who won the Man Booker Prize and they don’t care. But I watched this Mom hand her restless daughter a book, and I saw how eagerly the little girl began reading, her younger brother clamoring to share. Why despair of the next generation?
Yeah, people read on trains in New York City. At least I know they do in Queens.