This photo is definitely today’s highlight of the bibliophile in me. I love seeing people from all walks of life read books in public and act like nothing else in the world is going on. What made it heartwarming for me is this man, a stranger, isn’t typically what you see inside a bookstore — and he’s lingering at that.
He’s blocking the shelves facing the Stephen Kings, Joe Hills, and Dean Koontzes which is a rather secluded area of National Bookstore. His clothes were tattered but decent, his feet muddy, his hands calloused and they even have fairly recent scars obviously from a hard day’s toil. He must be a construction worker, I don’t know. But what struck me was his passion. His mouth was moving as he read but no sound could be heard. I inched close enough to see the title of what he’s reading but he did not budge. What was he reading, you ask? NO EASY DAY by Mark Owen, also known as the first-hand account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. Now, we could argue about the merits of that book but there was a man who after a long workday, found an unsealed book about a real-life military story (I call these books man-literature and I know it’s sexist but for now it’s irrelevant).
I did not bother excusing myself to look at the horror shelves because I wasn’t buying anyway. More importantly, I didn’t want to distract him from his reading reverie. I just thought stumbling upon him today is pretty cool. I hope he enjoyed the book.