Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December 11, Thursday afternoon -- Reading Umberto Eco

Reading Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco. She got it at a hostel in.....DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO! It's very fitting that the very reader I interview got her book exactly where I came from. She's from Australia and has been traveling for three months -- mostly in Mexico -- and was very happy to find a book in English. The problem wasn't that the hostels in Mexico had Spanish books. Rather, the problem was that the books were in German and Japanese. (We contemplated whether this was because the Germans and Japanese tourists read a lot or, because the books weren't picked up, not enough. It would have to be a question for hostel owners who keep careful tabs on the bookshelves.

Her favorite book of all time -- Haroun and the Sea of Stories, a children's book by Salman Rushdie. Her favorite part-- when Haroun sees a man fighting his own shadow.

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