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This is a rather mild version of being "antisocial". Maybe 'asocial'? From an external perspective, I don't see how these people doing what they feel like is any different from, say, a bunch of people going to a bar and paying attention to only the people they came with (which is very typical).



Well, these are spaces supposedly optimised for conversations and it's kinda expected by customers to have that chatty vibe.

What happens when someone hit them up "hey, what are you reading ?"

Anyway, it's only an hour or a chapter long.

Isn't book club an American thing though ? Never heard of one in Europe.


> What happens when someone hit them up "hey, what are you reading ?"

They probably reply, and depending on their mood, either engage in conversation or politely hint that they would like to keep reading. What normal people do in those situations.

I think some commenters misunderstand what these people are doing.

Nowhere in the article or the club's web site is any hint of expectation of silence and privacy. They won't go from table to table and ask the other patrons to please be quiet.


Yes, an hour is hardly going to be the End of Everything. And just from sheer practicality, it seems likely that these people would go to bars in the off hours, as it's not like they're going to enjoy reading on a bangin' Saturday night at 11PM or later... I would imagine.

It wouldn't be my thing, but hey, I used to go to a regular Friday evening bar 'blitz chess' session in Pittsburgh with a bunch of Russians who would get progressively more blitzed as the night progressed. As you can imagine this was viewed as a bit peculiar by fellow revelers. Though unlike the reading club, we were not... exactly... quiet.


That sounds really cool :).


> Isn't book club an American thing though ? Never heard of one in Europe.

Not really. They're quite popular in the UK; my village has one that meets once a fortnight or so.


I was going to tease you about the Brexit and how your village won't be in Europe for long now but I first googled if there was a reading club in my hometown (Belgium) and... there is a slow reading one :D. I may just go and see what it's like :).


> I was going to tease you about the Brexit and how your village won't be in Europe for long

Lol :)

I'm in Scotland so it'll not be long before we're independent and back again.




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