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What’s on your reading playlist?

February 1, 2008 |  8:51 am

If you spend much of your reading time, as I do, on public transportation, you may enjoy Molly Flatt’s piece at the Guardian online about what she listens to in order to drown out the sounds of all the cellphones and jabbering around her.

Of course, books should be read "accompanied by nothing but the sweet, Mozartian sound of my own blossoming enlightenment," Flatt says. But when you’re trying to read Nicola Barker or John Banville next to some guy yelling into a cellphone, "What do you want tonight?! Pizza?! Tacos?!," a pair of earphones blasting Beethoven’s Fifth is a thing devoutly to be wish’d.

Nick Owchar