On Tuesday, we asked you to tell us about the most embarrassing things you’ve read or seen other people reading on the Metro. Readers, you didn’t disappoint.
• “I got some funny looks (and some looks that weren’t funny at all) while reading “Mein Kampf” on the train. It was for a political science course and commuting time was just the time that I had for it. After a couple of days I put a different book cover over it and wondered why I hadn’t thought of that to begin with.” (Submitted by commenter rockfordcauseway.)
• “Thy Neighbor’s Wife” (an exploration of sexuality by Gay Talese) brought some odd stares. (Submitted by @thedorc)
• “I don’t see what the problem is. If someone is reading over your shoulder and gets embarrassed, it’s that person’s problem. It’s not like you’re “reading” a Playboy with the pictures in plain view of everyone on the train.” (Submitted by commenter 1995hoo)
• “Substitute ‘Fear of Flying’ for ‘50 Shades of Grey’ and the same column could have been written in 1976, when Metro first opened. The more things change, the more they stay the same ... ” (Submitted by commenter mkarns.)
• “I once saw a grown man openly reading a Harry Potter book on a train. I was embarrassed for him.” This one hurts. (Submitted by @MSalt69)
• Counterpoint: A commenter’s husband wanted to read the latest “Harry Potter,” so he tucked it inside the book jacket for Bill Clinton’s memoir. (Submitted by commenter noraludden)
• This extends beyond just books: Commenter RammingGull reports seeing people looking at embarrassing photos on their phones.
• “I’m reading Jasper Fforde’s “Shades of Grey” which is a *completely* different kind of book, but I’m terrified that other metro riders can see the title at the top of my kindle and are judging me.” (Submitted by commenter mwfrog)
• “I was reading “Sextrology” on Metro and got a few women smiling at me,” one reader optimistically wrote. (Submitted by commenter J2B_CPTR.)
• “Why is it embarrassing? Couldn’t you use that as a conversation starter? People are so closed up on the metro ... ” (Submitted by commenter JeffreyW75; we saw a version of this response a few times.)
Any other experiences you want to share? Leave them in the comments below!