My Irish friend Sean O’Sullivan is the CEO of a software company and thus travels a lot. Recently he gave voice to a shared obsession–FOLORM. That stands for “fear of lack of reading material”. It was Caterina’s post on forgetting her book that reminded me of this acronym.
Whenever I travel, whether for business or pleasure, I inevitably pack twice the number of books than I could reasonably read. I know I’m not going to read them all, and know that they sell books whereever I’m going (except, perhaps, Cuba) but I simply can’t not pack them. I’ve resigned myself to this, and just pack less underwear.
A related phenomenon is that I regularly pack some book that I should read, but never will. There are a couple such volumes in this stack of books I gave up on. I think I’ve taken Karen Armstrong’s Buddha on two trips, but have never finished it.