Don’t You Ever Interrupt Me While I’m Reading A Book

There are a lot of thoughts that race through your head watching the following video, not least:

  • Who is this guy?
  • What inspired this video?
  • This is really random.
  • Is he serious or seriously taking the p&ss (I vote the latter)?
  • He looks a bit like the guy from Buffy/Angel.
  • He’s kind of cute.
  • My, his nose crinkling is kind of fascinating.
  • So are his eyebrow movements.
  • Which shows/film clips is he spoofing?
  • This is actually clever and hilarious.
  • The song is actually pretty good.
  • It makes me want to dance.
  • It could almost be a dance-party hit.
  • I can’t get this song out of my head.
  • I’m borrowing some of those moves.

Those occur in a varying and sometimes looping order, while you can’t help but smile, jiggle you leg, and palm-pump your hands toward the computer screen to mirror Julian Smith’s efforts. Seriously, this video is infectious. And funny. Especially given that we can assume it was inspired by the can’t-you-see-I’m-reading frustration one feels when interrupted by others about mundane things.

They say the truth is often said in jest, and I suspect this video was inspired by some very real frustration at having reading interrupted. I can’t claim that this happens all that much to me, as I live on my own and my dog and she, well, doesn’t do a lot of interrupting unless it’s a meal time and she’s ravenously hungry.

But I do know the feeling of having to wrap up your reading at the climax or even just a really, really gripping part because your train has arrived or your lunch break is over and you must return to the real world—even if your heart and a large part of your brain remain behind in the book.

I’ve never been allowed to read at the table while other people are present for a meal, so it’s my guilty, living-on-my-own pleasure to now accompany every mouthful of food with lines of prose. Moreover, I’ve often thought that the day we develop the capacity or the technology to be able to read while driving while maintaining complete concentration on the road will be a very, very good one. In the meantime, I’m down with this video (and its dance moves).

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Fiona Crawford

Fiona Crawford is a freelance writer, editor, blogger, proofreader, and voracious reader. She regularly appears as a book reviewer in Australian BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine. Fiona is also (unfairly) known as the Book Burglar due to her penchant for buying family members—then permanently borrowing—books she wants to read herself.