Yes, my dad and I maintained our minhag yesterday and after a bit of schmoozing following the morning service at temple, we drove down the road to Barnes and Noble for our annual Yom Kippur browse.
Increasingly (and as I wrote last year), it seems, the store is filled with more “stuff”—stationery, school supplies, writing journals, calendars, photo albums, e-readers and the like—and fewer books, and this year was no exception. Nonetheless, ignoring our hunger, the thick, earthy smell of coffee from the café, and several rowdy teens, we each managed to find a few books, a chair and enough energy to thumb through our selections until it was time to return to temple for the afternoon service.
While my dad perused The
Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War, Explorers
of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of
a Great Victorian Adventure and To
End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, I went back and
forth between two hefty selections: Les
Miserables and The
Fountainhead. Of course, the hefty
selection I should be reading right now is Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do And Why They Do It,
all of whose 464 pages are supposed to be read by the time I get to class on Monday
night. Better get to it...
In the meantime, stay tuned to find
out what my dad and I actually end up reading in 5773—especially once my thesis
is finished in December, when I’ll be able to choose my own books instead of
having someone else choose them for me.