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What Are You Reading?

A new Hooksexup feature where we ask New York's most publicly literate about their choices.

by Rachel Krantz

Anna Maria, 26

So what are you reading? 
I’m reading Baudrillard’s America. I’m from Denmark, and my boyfriend gave it to me when I left Denmark to come study in New York.

What has he written about New York that’s struck you as true?
Well, he has a lot of great images. He writes about the New York Marathon and compares it to how New York is so ambitious, how people just keep running. You know, the "rat race."

How long have you been in New York?
Only since January. I thought it would be really easy to adjust to the culture here because I’ve been watching American movies since I was a child, but it’s different. I think it’s amazing how many different people coexist here.

So are you and your boyfriend managing a long-distance relationship?
Yeah. It’s not the best situation, but we manage.

Is sharing books important in your relationship?
It is. We try to read the same books sometimes. Especially in a long-distance relationship, you need something to talk about besides "What have you been up to lately?" 

So a book is an experience you can share.
Yeah, exactly.

Commentarium (15 Comments)

Apr 25 12 - 2:49am

This is a GREAT idea

Apr 25 12 - 3:13am

I LOVE this new segment.............!

It is nice to see what people are reading. Always a good conversation starter.

Apr 25 12 - 4:42am

i like it as well! would be nice if the conversations were a little longer.

Apr 25 12 - 10:47am

It would be helpful if the person asking the questions was either extremely well-read, or at least aware of the books people read. That way, the interviewer could ask insightful questions. However, I think this is a great feature and look forward to more.

Apr 25 12 - 2:56pm

There are, on average, 400,000 books published a year. You be the person to knock that many out and do the interviews so that they can be up to the insight codes of your specification.

Apr 27 12 - 11:34am

None of the books mentioned were particularly obscure. They were broad enough that even without reading them I was familiar with them. You'll notice in my original comment I said "at least aware" of the books. I'm not asking the interviewer to read 400,000 books/year. I'm asking them to ask insightful questions.

Apr 25 12 - 11:49am

Agreed on all counts. Great feature. Conversations should be longer.

Apr 25 12 - 3:58pm

Yay for this (although it could be longer :) )!!!!

Apr 25 12 - 5:29pm

Thank you Hooksexup for investing in a more academic approach! People need to be caught reading more..

Apr 27 12 - 10:50am


I gotta say that I'm pretty happy with a lot of the newer regular features. The Dateline bit is good, as is Ridiculous Tips for a Miserable Sex Life. Keep this stuff coming.

Apr 30 12 - 6:12pm
Alex Heigl

Hey, thank you, Joe. We appreciate that.

Apr 27 12 - 3:34pm

Yep, gorgeous idea for a feature. Love it. It almost makes up for the shortened 'talking to strangers'. But the Q&A could be a question or two longer...

Apr 28 12 - 5:08pm

I havent finish atlas shrugged either, didnt have time. One day me and a friend walked past it in a boardes and he was saying something about how ayn rand was crazy and how this book was like bible #2 to conservatives. I told him i was reading it annd that it was actually pretty good and we had this discussion about it. In the middle of it i realized that i had rewritten the book subcounciosly and took out all thecrazy bull shit away. Somewhere in between i turned the lovestory into a lesbian love affair becuse i just couldnt keep up with the crazy anymore. To say the least, the atlas shrugged i thought i read was by far more liberal and kick ass than the one loony ayny wrote
couldnt couldn't keep up with the crazy anymore.

Apr 28 12 - 5:32pm
i swear...

I sound more literate irl, my craptastic phone just makes me type in southern ron paul libertarian

May 01 12 - 3:22pm

love this feature! love it! keep it up! let's see it go global! yay!

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