Anybody who gives out the advice to “read first thing in the morning” has more self-control than I do

I’ve been trying this for a bit, and people, in general, are right. So right. There is a big quality-of-life difference when you wake up and read a book than if you wake up and read the dumb ol’ Internet, especially during the era of nonstop Trump coverage.

However, it also means I sometimes wind up reading all day because some books are really, really just that good.

I’ve pointed out elsewhere that reading is a big part of the scholar’s job. But there’s reading-reading, and there’s mucking-around reading, and while it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes, it’s pretty clear that I can muck with the best of them.


It’s good to be well-right. Right? Never mind. I’m reading.