Friday, January 25, 2008

Reading is for Freaks?

A friend shared an article with me today from The Onion about a 27-year-old man, Philip Meyer, who was found reading a book - and not just a few pages, the whole book - in Greenwood, Indiana.

His photo is featured in the article, apparently taken outside the local public library. The book in question was Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird -- one of my personal, all-time favorites.

Meyer is quoted as saying "the whole thing was really engrossing...there were days when I had a hard time putting it down."

The article further reports that "according to behavioral psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Schulz, Meyer's reading of entire books is abnormal and may be indicative of a more serious obsession with reading."

Well, I say, what better obsession can one have?