I get a steady 5-10 e-mails a day from readers of PRIME OBSESSION. This one
particularly touched me: “Hello Mr. Derbyshire—I am about 1/3 of the way
through your book ‘Prime Obsession’ and must say that I am thoroughly
enjoying it. It’s dense stuff for me and so I take it in small doses,
primarily in the mornings, when I am sitting on the loo…”
This is a mode of reading not to be despised. I have done much of my own
reading on the loo — I read the whole of PARADISE LOST that way (took me a
For a couple of years now my default loo book has been the 1911 Britannica.
I’ve got the whole thing — 28 volumes plus index. Heading to the can, I
just grab a volume at random. There’s always something of interest to be
Is this more than you wanted to know? Sorry.