Potter Fans Swarm Metro

If you aren’t reading the new Harry Potter book, you might want to question whether you are Metro Chic. This morning as I was riding to work, I couldn’t even count the number of people who had likely lifted the book from the kids for the morning commute.

The train was almost completely devoid of human chatter as people flipped pages with rapt attention, and had little time or energy for small talk and other social behaviors.

One fellow, an awkward lad, got on the red line heading toward Shady Grove. He walked down the aisle of the car and craned his neck to see what everyone was reading. I was glad that he decided to sit somewhere before reaching where I was standing because, deep into my own morning commute reading, I wanted to be left alone as well. I felt bad for the young woman with whom he sat, though, because she looked as if she were forced into polite conversation rather than remaining absorbed in her book.

So who’s reading the new Harry Potter book? And if not, what are you reading during your commute?

3 Comments so far

  1. Paulo (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    I got the audio book from the public library and have been listening to Jim Dale read it to me on my iPod. You get the double advantage of (1) being able to “read” it while standing on a train or walking to, from, and through the station, and (2) not being seen holding the book in public.

    I was rather shocked at the scene in Gringotts when Voldemort turned out to be Flitwick.

  2. Joseph J. Finn (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    Not yet – I’ll pick it up this weekend. Meanwhile, I’m reading the fantastic Suspects, a bunch of short stories about the lives of great film noir characters like Jake from Chinatown, Isle from Casablanca and the like. (Personal favorite nice detail – the parents of the brothers in The King Of Marvin Gardens died in a car crash in Grover’s Corner, NJ, on October 30, 1938 when they were hit by a panicking trucker – points anyone who get’s the reference.)

  3. Brock (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    I started Getting Things Done the other day. The commute is the only time I have to learn how to handle all the crap that’s keeping me from having time to read it any other time.

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