June 20, 2008

Friday Fun: Area Eccentric Reads Entire Book

The Onion is always very funny, if sometimes cutting a little too close for comfort:

GREENWOOD, IN—Sitting in a quiet downtown diner, local hospital administrator Philip Meyer looks as normal and well-adjusted as can be. Yet, there's more to this 27-year-old than first meets the eye: Meyer has recently finished reading a book.

Yes, the whole thing.

"It was great," said the peculiar Indiana native, who, despite owning a television set and having an active social life, read every single page of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. "Especially the way things came together for Scout in the end. Very good."


According to behavioral psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Schulz, Meyer's reading of entire books is abnormal and may be indicative of a more serious obsession with reading.

"Instead of just zoning out during a bus ride or spending hour after hour watching YouTube videos at night, Mr. Meyer, unlike most healthy males, looks to books for gratification," Schulz said. "Really, it's a classic case of deviant behavior."


Holden said...

I'm a regular reader of the onion. Yeah, I know what you mean about cutting close. This one http://www.theonion.com/content/news/e_mail_from_aunt_accidentally got sent around my family.

Sarbani said...


Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Laughing out loud! This is too funny..... I keep reading about what the digital age is doing to our attention spans, and this captures that concept perfectly.

aaron & allee said...

That was hilarious! What a sad commentary on today's day and age.

Chris said...

I really enjoyed this post. It really is depressing that people read so little these days.

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annie said...

Nice post Keep the good work

renderedtruth said...

I think the Onion has a tendency to have a smug middle class bias and are sophomoric. The old National Lampoon had a sharper and more cultured point of view. I seldom laugh when I read the Onion.

This snippet is a good example of the dull work that they peddle. It appeals to both sides of a cultural dispute over the arts. The low brow anti elitist can view the subject as a guy who thinks he is special for merely reading a book. The literate see it as a comment on the low culture's pointless use of thier leisure time.

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