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What Are You Reading?
A new Nerve 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.