Books and the weekend. It is surprising how differently men and women interpret weekend readings to be.Deeply insightful comments from Francis Dass is the NST today about gender differences in reading habits.
For a woman, it means being snuggly seated on the sofa with legs off the floor (cosying up in a blanket is an option), holding a chick-lit book gently in hand (or the book could be an adaptation of the latest movie OR a novel that has/is being adapted into a major Hollywood movie), soft music in the background, curtains drawn, and the phone placed off the hook. Oh, and there will be that strong, hot cup of coffee (or soothing tea) waiting quietly on the side like a, err, lover, or something like that.
No such theatrics or dramatics for men, thank you. The male version of a “quiet weekend read” can range from the serious to the silly, with no awkward adjustment period in-between the sudden drop. And the books can be flung aside (without bothering with bookmarks!) at a moment’s notice when friends are excitedly honking outside the door for an excursion or outing anywhere.
Dass makes an eclectic choice of five favourite reads for the weekend. The fifth one, Tuesdays with Morrie he admits he doesn't really like ("a tad too feminine") but says he needed to make up numbers.
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