Don’t mess with the losers who read alone at bars

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He failed the social media “bar exam.”

A New Jersey editor has been ripped mercilessly online after reportedly taking shots at drinkers who bring their books to the bar. His inflammatory tweet boasted a mind-boggling ratio of 349 likes and over 2,000 comments as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Please know, if you’re someone who brings a book to the bar . . . nobody likes you,” read the divisive tweet, which was posted Sunday by Jeremy Schneider, a food and culture writer for for NJ.com and the Star-Ledger.

The rabble-rousing writer went on to say he was inspired to pen the barb while he “was day drunk at WXOU Radio” and saw someone “reading at the bar.”

Schneider told The Post he was “not talking to any press” about the incident.

Many found it ironic that a culture editor would be slamming people for reading.
Many found it ironic that a culture editor would be slamming people for reading.
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Go figure: the tweet sparked outrage among barroom bookworms, many of whom claimed that being anti-social is the whole point of reading amid revelry.

“Please know that people who read books in bars don’t care if you like them,” fumed one literature lover, while another wrote, “nobody who brings a book to a bar is looking for your approval, my dude.”

“We bring the book with us to the bar specifically so this guy won’t talk to us,” quipped one Twitter wit. Another seconded their sentiment, snarking: “How much of your life, expressed as a percentage, have you spent gesturing for women to take out their earbuds?”

Schneider dubbed the pastime "pretentious."
Schneider dubbed the pastime “pretentious.”
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Some found it ironic that a culture editor would be slamming people who read.

“Culture in the bio, hates people bringing books to read in bars … seriously, how hypocritical can you be?” said one.

Meanwhile, one commenter said they found taproom readers eminently preferable to coffee shop squatters who put their novels in their lap and then scroll through their iPhones.

The outrage extended beyond snarky put-downs with one offended lit-wit spluttering, “I hope bartenders spit in your beer for the rest of your life.” Schneider retweeted the sentiment, dead-panning, “This is rational.”

One self proclaimed “former bartender and avid reader” claimed that bibliophiles are the ideal patrons as they’re “the lowest-maintenance customer in the joint.”

“As a person who brought books to bars frequently, thanks for leaving me alone,” they said.

However, a few agreed with Schneider’s assessment on barroom browsing, which they deemed a performative “hipster” hobby geared toward looking intellectual.

“How are people supposed to know you’re reading ‘The Power Broker’ if you don’t take it out at the bar?” quipped New Yorker writer Eric Lach of this so-called socially illiterate habit.

Schneider has since doubled down on his criticisms, tweeting: “What are y’all doing reading at bar? Books are great. Go read them at home, you’re not impressing anyone.”

"We bring the book with us to the bar specifically so this guy won't talk to us," quipped one Twitter wit in an apparent potshot at Schneider's dating life.
“We bring the book with us to the bar specifically so this guy won’t talk to us,” quipped one Twitter wit in an apparent potshot at Schneider’s dating life.
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The stalwart writer closed the book on the saga with the following tweet:

“Upon review 1. I clearly underestimated Book Twitter 2. People clearly like bringing books to the bar 3. I still think it’s ridiculous and pretentious, and I regret nothing. Keep dragging me.”

Perhaps the so-called “weirdness” of getting “lit” at the pub is best summed up in this Reddit thread from 2016.

Replying to a query on bar reading’s acceptability, one user replied claimed it was a matter of time and place: “Book at a loud pub on a Saturday night? Totally weird. Book at a low key bar on a Wednesday afternoon? Probably OK.”



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