There’s a lot of pressure on you when you read something on the train. Same goes for people who read in public anywhere – people are watching you and judging you.
Some people read the Times. These are the Smart People. These are also the people who think paying $1.25 for a paper is Something That Is Worth It. They like to eat at places with only one word for the name, like “Tao” and “Water.”
Some people read the Journal. These are the Business People. These are also the people who you’ll see typing away on their Berry at 6:57 in the morning, trying to look like they are sending Important Emails, when in fact, they are playing solitaire. And losing.
Some people read Intelligent Books About Confusing Things. These are the Subject Snobs. These are also the people who like to kill conversations at parties about how no one ever died in the G.I. Joe cartoon, with comments like, “Sometimes I wonder what Marx would’ve thought about our current economic state.” They are fuckers.
Some people read magazines about People Who Are Rich And Famous But Still Suck Anyway. These are the Brain Dead. These are also the people who have officially given up, thinking, “Well, learning about things is just too hard, so I’ll just stick to what Jessica Simpson wore to the gas station today – crazy!”
Some people don’t read anything and judge all the people who are reading things – then blog about it the next day.
These are the Cool People.