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The written word is not dead.

by VM Brasseur on September 21st, 2005

Since I started riding the bus last week, I’ve read my National Geographic, my Smithsonian and my Yoga Journal and am now working on M.F.K. Fisher’s With Bold Knife and Fork, started ages ago but constantly backburnered by periodicals.

This is great. You’d think that someone who doesn’t watch TV would have plenty of time to sit around and read to her little heart’s content. You’d think that, but you’d be wrong. There’s always something going on or about to go on or needing to go on and more often than not that something is not reading.

Now I get to kick back, avoid eye contact with the freaky bus rider across the aisle from me, discard all stress about traffic, and read read read. It adds up to over an hour a day, which ain’t too shabby. That’s time which used to be wasted sitting behind the wheel (although the waste was not total, since it gave me the chance to hear Marketplace and All Things Considered).

Heck with the whole “save gas and wear on the car” thing. This is the real reason that riding the bus is a good idea.

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  1. See, I’m kinda impressed by that too. I’m not sure what this says about ME either.

  2. If you like food (personally, I try to have food every day, but I’m a creature of habit that way), I suggest the M.F.K. Fisher book. Written in 1968, the author manages to be high-brow in that way that only a 1960’s aesthete/hedonist can be while still being sarcastic about her peer group. She goes on about the “tragedies facing us today; oh! the things people eat!” in a way which mirrors many newly-minted articles in well-respected and current publications. The more things change…

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