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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Return of the Silent Reading Party

Posted by Alison Hallett on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Guys, remember Library Hours, a short-lived (and surprisingly controversial) attempt to create quiet reading hours at a bar? The organizer moved to Mexico, I believe, so it's on hold locally, but The Stranger is doing something similar in Seattle—though, perhaps wisely, they've chosen a hotel's fireside lounge as their venue:

Let's say you're reading something you love. (Say you're reading Netherland by Joseph O'Neill—highly recommended. Or the anniversary issue of The New Yorker. Or The Collected Poems of Dan Savage. Or whatever.) You have this thing you are loving reading in your backpack. It's the end of the day. You don't really feel like going home and sitting in a chair and reading because it's early, you want to be out in the world for a while, you're in the mood for a drink. But you can't just go to a bar with a book because people at bars hate people with books....

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