New Orleans, LA -- August 17, 2007

Reading Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. He was browsing around the bookstore and picked it up. It’s very good, he said, and very well written. The last novel he read--he hesitated, he said it’s kind of embarrassing because it’s a chick book--Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, but he liked it. It's about doing something crazy after getting a divorce—he can relate.

He’s been reading a lot of technical books for work. He reads for pleasure mainly on airplanes...and afternoons at the coffee shop, like this one in his neighborhood--Rue de La Course. I had actually been to another coffee shop before this one and, seeing no readers, asked the barista where I should go and she suggested a "cooler" coffee defined by having people who actually read books there. It was a struggle to get there. I got lost and had to run from big overhanging tree to big overhanging tree to keep from getting soaked. And, if it was a struggle to get there, it was an even greater struggle to get away. I waited too long to call a taxi, and then I realized I hadn't eaten since Mississippi so I had to get a sandwich, and, when the taxi still didn't come, I found a bus and the passengers around me prepped me on how to get to the Greyhound station so I could make a dead sprint. Anyway--I made it.

Back to the reader:

Recently he also read Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs and Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris, which he said were absolutely hysterical.

His favorite book of all time—too tough of a question. Though, he did say that a year ago his high school-aged daughter had to read To Kill a Mockingbird and they read it together, and it was unbelievably good.

Another favorite—maybe Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. He read it three times and could read it again. It’s the idea of it, it’s sci fi, and though usually he doesn’t like the genre, he enjoyed the theory of firemen and whole way story unfolds.... and the ending of it.

His own book—it would be in an historical setting. He’s a history buff. It’d be set, very possibly, in New Orleans, which he says, has an interesting presence.

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