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June 13, 2012

Do you read and walk at the same time?


(Lev Grossman writes about books here on Wednesdays. Subscribe to his RSS feed.)

I wanted to start this post by saying that everybody’s done it, at least once or twice, but probably that’s not true. I know it’s a weakness. A vice even. You’re making a choice: essentially what you’re saying (or what I’m saying) is that sometimes you’re more interested in fiction than in reality and you don’t care who knows it. You’re saying, I’m willing to chuck most or probably all of my dignity, and some measure of my personal safety, and your personal safety, because it’s more important to me to keep reading this book I’m reading than it is to look where I’m going.

Not everybody makes that choice. The world is probably a better place for that.

But I know I’m not the only one. I once read an interview with Marilynne Robinson in…

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