March 10, Monday evening -- Reading LR Holben and Alex Haley

At a bus stop on 18th Street, in front of, quite possibly, the only hair salon in the world that doubles as a pet supply shop. Fish food and highlights. They do a good business.

I was late to celebrate a friend's birthday, but I couldn't resist asking if I could take their pictures. How often is it that 100% of the people at a bus stop are reading. On my BART train this morning, in the 12 seats around me only 2 people were reading (and yes, I did count--I'm neurotic). That's only about 17%. Maybe pet shop hair salons cause rampant literacy. I frequently see people reading here.

Reading What Christians Think about Homosexuality: Six Representative Viewpoints, by LR Holben. She grew up in Uzbekistan as the daughter of American Missionaries. She can speak Uzbek. ...and English, though, at her Uzbek school her teacher actually gave her a B in the English class. How, she doesn't know. Her English was better than the teacher's. She goes to school and is, so she has more time to read, switching her major to English ....hopefully the grading scale won't be as steep as abroad! Her favorite book--Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë.

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Reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told by Alex Haley. Her favorite authors: Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins. (The bus came and I couldn't ask more questions.)


About what percentage of people read at your bus stop?

21 Comments:

Holly said...

Well, I don't take the bus, so I couldn't tell you how many people read there! However, I just stumbled into your blog and I love it. Not only do I get a glimpse into a city I love, I get to see what other people read. Terrific concept. I read so much, and just love books in general, that it's gratifying to me to see other people reading too.

sixty-five said...

Putting the authors in the subject line is a great idea. Continue to enjoy this quirky blog - it just keeps getting better.

Mental Nomad said...

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Silhouette said...

I'm definitly absolutely in love with this page, what a fantastic idea! Until this day I've only been a fan of the sartorialist (thesartorialist.blogspot.com).

Fantastic!

Special K said...

Oh jeez, I hate to say, on the average day (at my El stop in Chicago) it's probably about 0% people reading. But, I do listen to short stories on my ipod!

Jen said...

What a fun blog! fun idea! I love to read and I love San Fran and your blog is a fantastic sampling of both!
THanks!

Mom of 3 said...

I really love your blog. I hope you don't mind, but I put a link to your blog in my favorite blogs section.

www.funwiththreekids.blogspot.com

emaura15 said...

I love this blog. I check it all the time, especially since I'm an avid reader myself in san francisco!

if you're in the mood, check out my blog: http://bb4h.blogspot.com

I'd really appreciate it!

Ms. Bassette said...

I drive my two kids to school and they are both reading in the back seat. My youngest has just found The Royal Diaries set and my older daughter is rereading Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. It's pretty quiet in the car, something a lot of moms can appreciate!

JayKoby and Bojangles said...

its only like me and occasionally another dude, but I'm really the only one that reads regularly.
But trust me I love to read right now Im reading Red Dragon by Thomas Haris, the author of Hannibal. Its really good. I think I have a good vocabulary and reading level since I'm only about twelve

JayKoby

Souldier said...

i love the autobiography of malcom x...it made me appreciate books, along with teaching some other profound lessons!

Richard said...

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Sonya said...

Special K! I love that you "read" on your iPod. I'm going to think of that everytime I see someone with one on....maybe they're reading.

Mom of 3, Thanks for linking!

Ms. Bassette, How old are your kids?

Jaykoby, What else do you like to read? And what are other junior highschoolers reading?

Nadira said...

Randomly came across your page and thought it was ironic that I saw you post a pic of someone reading the book "What Christians think about Homosexuality" because I just came out and I'm going to (forced) Christian counseling.

On a lighter note, I enjoy reading what you've got!

Ms. Bassette said...

Sonya, my kids are 10 and 15. Both took till second grade to be truly comfortable readers, but then the oldest took off--with the third Harry Potter (I wasn't reading it fast enough for her!) and has never looked back. She memorized the first Harry Potter, which worried me till I read that people who read the same book over and over are getting more out of it each time- sentence structure, vocab, ideas.

My ten year old likes nonfiction books more than any others and diaries. I'd say the Dear America and Royal Diaries really are her "Harry Potter" books. She's got a great vocabulary.

I am so happy and grateful that they are readers. It makes life so much easier and better.

Ms. Bassette said...

Jaykoby, only because my students are middle schoolers, you might want to check out my blog. What part of the country to live in? We're in upstate NY.

Gay, Married, with Cat said...

You spurred me to order the Autobiography of Malcom X, a book I've been meaning to read for some time.

Kanwar Trideep said...

I've see many old people,in my locality sitting at tea stalls, sippin their tea reading newspaper n yes, this is human tedency they are searching for any
common topic with whom they ll made conversation with ohers,like
who's gonna be succeeding for presidential post ....

Ham said...

I love the way how 'Homosexuality' is accentuated on the front cover of the book on the left. I think it gives the subject a much needed sense of humor. :DDD. Hahaha.

Seri said...

I read at the bus station...does that count?

I LOVE THIS BLOG...GREAT IDEA!

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