The literary site LitReactor recently asked readers to share photos of their reading environments. But since leaving a comment there would have required me to download an app that I'll never use again, or register at the site, I'll just skip all of that and post it here instead. The photo above shows where most of my serious literary reading gets done - car 7288, Metra Heritage Corridor line, departing at 7:05 a.m. from Joliet. (I read on the evening train, too.) It's an officially-designated "quiet car", which means no cellphone conversations and no chatting between riders - just a nice dull hum that's very conducive to focused reading. And the view outside the window has become so familiar after ten years of riding Metra that it's no longer the major distraction it was early on.
How long is the ride?
Posted by: Paul at Jun 27, 2012 12:52:52 PM
One hour each way.
Posted by: Pete at Jun 29, 2012 9:39:04 AM
I do love reading on trains. While I don't have a regular commute (thankfully), I do ride the LIRR into Brooklyn or Manhattan once or twice a month and you can bet I have my nose in a novel. The only downer is that there are no quiet cars on the LIRR. But the noise helps me work on my concentration skills.
Posted by: Donavan at Jul 3, 2012 11:47:19 AM