20 May 2004


You have likely seen those American Library Association posters with celebrities holding books under the big injunction Read. It turns out they have an online catalogue of the posters, which is strangely fascinating, because obviously some of the celebs have chosen their own books and others have just taken whatever was issued to them. It seems Tim Robbins is reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, and ''Weird'' Al Yankovic has been working on Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. Hawking himself has a biography of Marilyn Monroe tucked into his chair --- make of that what you will.

What of Mel Gibson and Christina Ricci? You'll have to go find out for yourself: I promise it's worth the trip.

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