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Bookmarked: The Reading Out Loud Edition

Welcome back to Bookmarked. In this weekly series, I bookmark things I covet while sharing alternatives I can actually attain in the meantime. This is the reading out loud edition.


Reading quietly is a very adult thing to do. Remember when elementary school stopped being about “sounding it out” and moved towards “silent reading” and “reading to yourself?” Well, once our teachers introduce the whole quiet literary thing, it usually sticks… but words are beautiful, and sometimes they deserve to be said out loud.

Also beautiful: the human body. Lately there’s been a strange phenomenon sweeping the nation — a performance of naked women reading aloud (often reading banned books). There have been shows from Honolulu to Toronto and beyond. I have to say, this is weird but intriguing! I’m sure I’d need a couple glasses of wine first, but I’d love to check it out.

In the meantime, I have an embarrassing secret. Noooooo, crazies, it’s not about stripping down in public, it’s about reading out loud! A couple years ago, one of my friends had a pretty heinous commute. As a joke, I made her an audiobook of myself reading My Father’s Dragonto keep her companyStrangely enough, word spread, and many more of my friends got a big kick out of the audio book starring yours truly (and a soundtrack mostly featuring Ratatat). Now it’s a new tradition. I guarantee you’ll feel silly reading to your computer microphone, but it’s worth considering if you need a fun gift idea!

Which would you be more likely to spring for — watching naked ladies read or trying to be the next Morgan Freeman?

At The Table With…Saniya Husain of PAPER/PLATES

Joseph Kanon's "Istanbul Passage" & Vegetarian Turkish Red Lentil Soup