A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn

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September 4, 2009, 10:31 am
Filed under: New York miscellany | Tags: , , , , ,


After a week of suspense, the New York Times has published its story on people reading on the subway. Reading Underground. People read on the subway?!?!


This is the kind of article that in journalistic terms we call a “no shit” story, pardon. Some notes:

96724309_985b8acd3f_o• I think I speak for all publishers and fans of commercial fiction when I say screw you, NY Times, for referring to it as “trash.”

• I do not now, nor have I ever, considered myself a “human panini.”

• Yay for little kids reading!

• This city has entirely too many aspiring thespians.

• Kudos to Panee Ma for spending two years reading the entire “Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra.” (See, that’s related to this blog!)

• You can still participate in the adorable little survey that is sure to discover that most subway riders are still reading “Eat, Pray, Love” or “The Secret.”

• I {heart} when the paper of record sends a reporter out to research and write a story that a 4th-grader could have done. Nice use of resources, NY Times!

• For more in-depth coverage of and pointers for reading on the subway, please see this well-commented-upon old gem over at my previous blog: How To Read on the Subway

Photos by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times and by moriza on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.


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Thanks for posting this.

Two questions:

1. Why does the guy reading Graham Greene alienated from the other riders?

2. Why the hell do so many people want to act? Acting is hard and embarrassing. Seriously.

Comment by Klaus

I went back and read your old post about reading on the subway. Most of the issues you brought up could be solved by using an e-reader. Then you could read a newspaper without it being annoying and nobody would know what you were reading because of no cover. I have been looking at the new ones recently. There are more coming out soon including flexible plastic versions and color touch screen dual-page. Print media is dying. Even our father has a newer Kindle and reads all of his books and magazines on it.

Comment by Steven Morrisroe

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