You might think it hubristic to read books called THE FALLEN ANGEL when in precariously high places. Perhaps it is. But when the book is an exciting thriller, the physical danger only heightens one’s reaction to the words on the page.
You can hide inside the lectern in the big conference room for whole afternoons at a time and go completely unnoticed. But be careful: if you are discovered, accusations of corporate espionage are sure to fly.
Sometimes, for extra light, elevation may be required. A cubicle wall provides secluded support, and the red glow of the “EXIT” sign urges the reader to fully escape into the world of Jennifer Haigh's News from Heaven.
At times it is worth sacrificing comfort for the sake of proximity to the coffee maker. But beware of reading COOLIDGE by Amity Shlaes while on top of a refrigerator. Bad puns are the enemy of good reading, and every office-pantry denizen will have one at the ready.
There is nothing so full of promise as a closet full of galleys. It’s like a nursery: these infant books have no net sales or disappointing reviews or average-star-ratings anywhere. Just being among them makes one feel as though the possibilities are endless.
Reading: THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY by Rolf Dibelli
Between the window and the wall there is a space just wide enough to stand in. Breathing is difficult, and reading is nearly impossible. To make this nook manageable it’s best to choose a very small book like Stephanie LaCava's An Extraordinary Theory of Objects.
Office cleaning day. For those of you who have read anything by David Vann, you’ll perhaps understand why a dumpster is the perfect place to read Dirt. For those of you who haven’t, hopefully you can still appreciate the comfort of a vibrant blue plastic box.