Okay, maybe Ryan Bingham might have qualified. But considering that George Clooneyâ€™s character in UP IN THE AIR was entirely fictional, the authorities at Heathrow airport settled on another huge fan of airportsâ€”writer Alain de Botton. They couldnâ€™t have guessed just how big a fan de Botton is, when they contacted him to be a â€śwriter-in-residenceâ€ť for a week and write about the new and glitzy Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
A few weeks ago on NPR, there was a discussion: â€śWhat Does it Take For You to Give up on a Book?â€ť Reading the novel NEXT reminds me of that discussion because while most of the novel is good, it is the last 50 or so pages that is especially gripping reading. If, as some readers on that NPR show admitted, you put down the book prematurely youâ€™d miss it. So itâ€™s best to work this one through.