Everywhere -- with a heart in San Francisco
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, August 27, 2012
This blog began as my exploration of literary San Francisco and daily affirmation that people still read.
After photographing over 1,200 readers over the past two-and-a-half years, mostly in San Francisco but also around the United States, the blog has become more to me.
The beauty and rarity of a given book being read at a given time, instead of, say, packed away in a box somewhere is what initiated the blog. But, throughout the past two and a half years, I've discovered that I've not only been chronicling the popularity of books, but also the diversity of individuals. What goes on inside our minds is evidenced by and influenced by what we are reading, have read, and the inner dialogs we have with authors.
The goal: A hundred readers every hundred miles, everywhere the globe is populated. The arctic, not exempt—any scientific communities looking for a new project? The oceans, not exempt—forward to your friends who work on outrigger canoes, fishing vessels, oil rigs, cruise ships. The upper reaches of Siberia—not exempt!— reindeer herders read, too.
A map filled up with readers would be a beautiful display of diversity, and unity. I invite you start your own sister (or brother) blog, wherever you may be.
You could do like River Jordan (host of Nashville radio program, Back Story) suggests and share your blog with a group of friends, with a class at school, with your family, with your book club. You could make a concentrated effort to photograph everyone you see reading in a single day, or take a photo once a week. I'll add your push pin, whatever color you like (unless there's already a blog there -- blogs can share a push pin.) Thank you to Liza P. in Los Angeles and Uzair Sawal and Dizzy in Kuala Lumpur, whose push pins now appear on the map.
The pictures to your left are taken in San Francisco, unless I say otherwise. I have separated out my recent Oahu pictures into a separate blog, so that when you click on the San Francisco push pin above, chaos does not ensue. Eventually, I'd like to add tags to the posts so that I can sort them, and list all of the readers I interview here, wherever I may travel. I'd like this to be the mother blog, with a heart in San Francisco.
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Wouldn't it be great to see what people were reading everywhere?