In Defense of Reading in Public

What may seem anti-social is steeped in connection.

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To be clear, I’m not hanging out in a dive bar with the Yankee game in the background while bro-country plays on the jukebox and trying to really dive in to the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

That’s absurd. It is not an environment condusive to reading. The wine bar, however. That’s the place to read.

I need decompression. I need “me time.” I need to clear my head and sometimes sitting on a beautiful patio or in a clean, well lighted cafe with a book fits the bill.

I also go out by myself a lot. Sitting at home for too long makes me feel cooped up. I don’t want to be on my phone all the time. Sitting in public on your phone shuts people out so much more than a book.

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I thought back to all the diners I’ve been to in my life. There seemed to be one constant — old guys sitting at a breakfast counter reading a newspaper.

Another guy could come in and see him at the counter and know that they read the exact same articles. Conversation about the news of the day ensues. That’s a social capital value proposition.

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Flaming pinball, nerd, music lover, wine snob, horrible violin player. No, I won’t stop taking pictures of my drinks. IG: vanessaltorre

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