Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 24, 2016
Usually I remember to take a photo of the cover of the book. This time I forgot. I think it was the ear buds. I always feel a conscious that I'm interrupting someone who is wearing earbuds, and want to make the conversation as short as possible. I did ask him if he had a favorite book or a favorite author, but he hesitated before answering, and then explained that he didn't want to give an answer without taking time to think about it. Most people are initially stumped when I ask them this question, and some give an answer, but it's always a tense moment. It's a big question they aren't expecting. I wonder, how many of the people who are able to give me an answer think of a different answer after we finish talking.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 17, 2016
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Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, October 03, 2016
On Mission Street
His favorite book is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, because it's about the journey. I asked him if life's journey is a part of his talks and he said yes. He told me that part of his own personal journey has been standing still when faced with adversity. Sometimes it's about just not taking a step backwards.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 26, 2016
His current favorite writer is Anne Carson, an award winning Canadian translator, poet, and essayist, who has a background in the classics.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 19, 2016
One of his favorite books is The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, about what the soldiers carried with them in Vietnam. He said he usually does not like reading books with lists, but this book wasn't just a book of lists. It talked about the soldiers' whole lives.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, September 12, 2016
She's taking a break from reading sociology texts in German for a Ph.D. Her dissertation is about inequality in education in Europe.
While on vacation she first she tried reading Middlesex, but a friend recommended this -- an award-winning memoir of essays about being queer, non-binary, and starting a family -- and now she's almost finished and is ready to declare it her favorite book.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 29, 2016
Since it was his second time reading it, I asked him if it was his favorite book and he said no. His favorite books change all the time. Something good he's read recently was The Passenger, a novel by Lisa Lutz, about a woman on the run who needs to constantly change her identity.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 22, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 15, 2016
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Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 01, 2016
Sometimes I see a book, but there is no one reading it. This morning it was a paperback Sci Fi novel face down, with its pages spread in lieu of a bookmark, on the blanket of a homeless person sleeping next to Trader Joe's, but I didn't have time to linger, and hope they started reading again when they woke up.
Sometimes I wait until Friday or Saturday to start looking for readers to photograph and, in my normal day-to-day life, there is no one with a book. This afternoon I saw a man next to the Science parklet on Valencia Street bent over his cell phone, but I didn't know if it was a book, or something else that he was engaged with.
When I started this blog almost 10 years ago people didn't read books on cell phones. They had cell phones, but they weren't filled with enough distractions, or books, to make a physical book an unnecessary thing to carry.
What I'm trying to say is that it has gotten harder to wait until the last minute to come up with a blog post.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 25, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 18, 2016
James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell are her favorite authors. She's a chef and does not read about food on vacation.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 11, 2016
Television, he said, is less true. He prefers radio to TV. He grew up in the Virgin Islands listening to The BBC and CBC (British Broadcasting and Canadian Broadcasting) and will never watch TV because of the propaganda.
He enjoys reading about science, philosophy, mysticism, the occult, and anything but European literature.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 04, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, June 27, 2016
The reader on the left is reading Le Royaume, by Emmanuel Carrère, her favorite author. The book is about the early days of Christianity.
The reader on the right is reading Sans Un Cri, by the British author, Siobhan Dowd. It's a young adult novel about an Irish teenager.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, June 20, 2016
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, June 13, 2016