Saturday, July 15, 2023

Waiting Rooms

Whenever I go to waiting rooms at doctor's offices, I am always struck by the large number of people reading great literature instead of staring dully into a smartphone. 

Tolstoy, Proust, and Dickens are the usual distractions but it's also possible to spot the works of Shakespeare, Twain, and Steinbeck. More than a few, of course, are immersed in the novels of Agatha Christie or Elmore Leonard but they are in the minority.

Later on, when I report this to the doctor, there is always intense interest in how long I've been noticing such things.


Chuck Pergiel said...

Where in the world are you?

Michael Wade said...


Just joking!

In reality, I am stunned at how many people are staring at smartphones.