|Sawyer enjoyed reading alone. (Lost ABC)|
Wow. There are so many things about this article from The New York Times that makes my head nearly explode. First, notice how it's not in the books section or even the tech section. No, no, it's in the Fashion and Style section. Oh boy.
Let's move on. Some of the people in this article are excited that people are interrupting them while they read. Really. This makes them happy. When I'm reading in public, I pull out the invisible cone of silence. Not that I would mind talking to you about what I'm reading, of course, but I think most people would make a few comments and then respectfully let you have your time alone with your book. I look at reading time as "me time" even if it is out in public. There are lots of moms who cherish the hour of swimming lessons, or soccer practice because other than occasionally yelling, "Yeah, I see you honey. That was awesome. No really, I'm watching," they get that time for themselves and reading is a peaceful respite from Mommy Duties.
So if public readers are "stigmatized" don't feel sorry for us, we probably didn't know there was a reason to feel bad for us in the first place. We don't need a ribbon or a benefit concert. We're not trying to impress you with our new found coolness either (because apparently "buying literature has become cool again"), we're just trying to read.