7. The Right to Read Anywhere
What is the strangest place that you have been known to read a book? Perhaps best to answer this internally…In Daniel Pennac’s book – The Rights of the Reader – on which this blog has been based – he describes a certain soldier who volunteered everyday for the most awful duty in the barracks – “shit-house duty.” Pennac then describes the young man going off with broom in hand, nobody thinks to question him as no-one else wants to clean the latrines. He has a secret. 1900 pages of Gogol.
You probably have not heard of Gogol – and no matter. The point is that he volunteers for the worst job so that he can lock himself in the cubicle and READ. He left behind the following message:
Yes, I can honestly say – sit down, pedagogue
That I’ve read all of Gogol, right here in this bog.
So exercise your right to read anywhere, except perhaps whilst crossing the road. I like to read whilst eating and whilst watching TV – yes I can do all three at once!This soldier is a certainly exercising his rights to read…As are the gentlemen below.