Help me out here. I can understand why you wouldn’t want to drag Infinite Jest around on the plane, but what about nice bubble bath with a good book and a pack of Parliaments? What then?
Can’t help you with the bubble bath but the argument in the quote always seems kind of myopic to me, since hand-in-hand with the decline of physical signifiers of ones taste in music or art has come the pretty much unstoppable rise of an entire strata of tools which blare out details of your taste 24-7 to anyone that fancies tuning in. I have never been more deluged with details of what my friends listen to, look at, read etc etc. OK, I can’t yet snoop on people on the bus but it’s really only a matter of time before some kind of bluetoothy broadcast-what-yr-consuming tool becomes popular.