July 10, 2005

Bag stuffed with books; clothes optional...

Now here's a quandry I have often found myself in...

Headed out, after confronting my usual packing problem. I have an obsessive fear of being caught short on reading material on trips. I don't know what this phobia is called--am I a bibliodeficencyphobic or something like that?--but it's a major crimp in my travel. Sure, I tell myself, this thick novel should be enough to last me a week. But what if it doesn't engage my interest? What if I have more time on my hands than I thought and get through it relatively quickly? Better take something else. But what if that other book proves very skimmable and it lasts less than a day? Better take something else. But what? What if I take the wrong thing, and feel the urge to read something else instead? And on it goes until I've stuffed my bag with so many books--the vast majority of which will go untouched--that I've got to worry about how to fit all my clothes.

I rarely go out, beyond my neighborhood, without a book. What if the car breaks down, and I have to sit and wait for a tow truck?

Posted by John Weidner at July 10, 2005 8:35 AM
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