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I, CLAUDIUS

I had originally meant to describe the events of yesterday evening but they’re quite sad (they involve an attempt to rescue an injured street cat, with sad but somewhat predictable results). Instead I’d like to discuss one serious downside to the electronic book revolution, which is that e-book readers are not very well suited to being read in the tub.

I’ve been in the habit of reading in the tub more or less since I became an independent reader as a small boy. I’m not certain why this ever seemed like a good idea because there are a number of obvious problems with the practice: the water is apt to get cold, pages can get wet, and of course there’s the whole pruning issue. Why carry on with it then? It might be that the feeling of decadence appeals –– it’s as close as I’m likely to get to true Greco-Roman splendor (at least without a vomitorium or team of odalisques). One might bathe in milk, of course, but it’s not good home finance. My former Skinker / McPherson apartment was ideal for reading of this sort. It was on the sixth floor, meaning I could open my bathroom window and get gentle, cool breezes and not be too troubled by traffic noise. Summer might mean insect noise in the evenings and autumn was accompanied by the sound of rustling leaves. It’s a lovely way to take in a book.

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Only if i had a tub....
I know, right? Why aren't there more tubs in Taiwan? Tubs are awesome.
Peppers

May 2012

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