Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Reading on the bog

The daily migration of reading material into the office toilet – from sports pages to coffee-table books about modernism – indicates a likely sympathy for the following. It's not without precedent in the wider scheme of things, either. See the following exchange from Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Jeff: You pee sitting down?

Larry: Yeah, have you ever tried it?

Jeff: No!

Larry: It's more comfortable, when you get up during the night you don't have to turn the light on and wake up, and you get to read.

Jeff: What are you reading?

Larry: I'm reading a lot of stuff.

Jeff: What stuff?

Larry: If I pee twenty times a day, I can get through a whole New York Times for God sake!

On that note, some of my best insights and life-affirming discoveries have been made by happen-chance on the loo. Great passages of prose, uplifting lines of poetry, and fresh comment from hundred of tomes and publications have injected hours and hours (days, even) of fun into what wouldn't normally be described as "work", but could be, if you felt like it. I argue that there is no more applicable a situation for the phrase "if you're not having fun you're not doing it right" than this.

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