Monday, February 15, 2010

Missed Connections

Whenever I'm on the subway (or any other form of public transit, really) I almost always have a book with me. Maybe it's because I'm conscious of being a reader, but I always seem to notice other people who read on transit. And usually I'm curious about what they're reading and how they came across the book; when it's something I've read, I always have to suppress the urge to ask them what part they're reading.

Apparently, I'm not alone. The Missed Connections blog has frequent posts about someone who noticed someone reading and was intrigued enough to try and find them. I especially like this one, about a missed connection in a library, and this one, about a beautiful commuter reading Catch-22.


  1. It is interesting to notice what strangers are reading while commuting on public transit.
    Once I was standing on a subway train travelling south on the University line. Sitting in front of me, someone was reading a book I could only see the ear, where the author's name usually is. It said Jenna Jameson. I wondered what book could have been ghost-written for her and who would read such thing. I coudn't resist checking on that one reader and notice that she was blonde in her early thirties, about five to six months pregnant. The baby must be a year old by now.
    As the subway shook its way down to the city core, she finally turned a page and I could see the title: How To Make Love Like A Porn Star.
    That scene lingered in my head for quite a while.


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