Not everyone agrees, but after much reflection and considerable practical experience, I am of the opinion that one most assuredly can lie supine, read a paperback, and dip Oreo® Double Stufs into icy-cold milk without their glopping to the bottom of the glass, depositing under one’s French manicure, or soiling one’s chaise longue.
If one, in fact, owned a chaise longue. This one does not. But I do enjoy lounging with a good book and an array of gorgeous snack foods to mindlessly enjoy while reading. In the same way some folks have flashbacks when assailed by certain scents or sounds, sometimes I’m reminded how much I enjoyed a particular section of a beloved novel by the junk-food smudges strewn across the pulp, and cheez-puff detritus nestled within the gutter between pages.
But alack! As I watch my son use his new e-reader—yeah, I’m coveting, ok?—I wonder if by only being able to temporarily schmear up its screen or casing, he’s not missing out on the gestalt, if you will, the holistic experience allowed the noshing paperback reader. For, while I loathe being the one to inform you, someone must: Digital may be the wave of the e-future, but there is no i- in pork rinds, my friends.
Oh. Yeah, so there is. But it doesn’t stand for Internet, it stands for salty, back-fatty goodness, the kind you couldn’t get even if you could somehow digitally mark up an e-page with orange- or chocolaty-colored blotches, or if someone created scratch-n-sniff apps for e-readers.
Maybe I’m just disgruntled because, like so many parents, I’m watching my kid enjoy something I’m happy to do without because it brings him so much joy. I’ll get my own e-reader soon. It’s more important that his hunger for knowledge and reading be fed.
But that doesn’t mean he’s getting any of my cheez puffs anytime soon.
Do you nosh or not while reading? How does it add/detract from your reading pleasure? What’re your fave book-binge eats?
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