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Pick of the day: Just people reading


It was the photo of a man reading a book under a giant statue of a golden Buddha that got me to stop my lightning speed web-surfing the other day and ponder. I don't even remember what I was looking for or how I wound up there, but I somehow landed on a blog called peoplereading that is today's unorthodox Story Pick.

There are photos and short blurbs about a homeless man, known as the Book Man, reading science fiction. Children reading books in Spanish as their mother shops at the local bodega. A man in a Chinese restaurant reading a book, another at a street carnival, another on a beach, another at a bus stop. A woman at a burger joint. All reading books. There's a woman who reads five books a month and a man who plans on reading 100 this year.

Blog author Sonya Worthy explains: "This blog began as my exploration of literary San Francisco and daily affirmation that people still read." For the past two-and-a-half years, she's photographed 1,200 people reading all manner of books at all times of the day in every kind of place. Some books are brand new. Others are dogeared and cracked and obviously being read for the third or fourth time.

In the age of the iPad, iPhone, twitter, tweets, Kindle and google books - I know, I know, it's all the new, unstoppable wave and it's slamming into my library - coming upon this little website of people simply reading books was somehow refreshing - and reassuring.

By Brigid Schulte  | June 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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