A Nation of Readers

Sanlitun area of Beijing, this afternoon. Scrap-paper guy, reading a magazine. (Click for larger.) I found this touching.
 
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Yes, yes, I am struggling the resist the obvious joke here about the ever-more-troubled audience demographics for the print media. I resist because I can't help thinking about a guy pedaling a ton of old paper but picking something from it to read when he took a break, with his head on an improvised pillow. (Unless he brought a magazine along specially?) I've mentioned many times the hyper-vivid humanness of a lot of China. This is the kind of thing I have in mind.