Aliteracy: A sad but true

: A sad but true observation on Sand in the Gears:

I’m disturbed, when I fly or ride the train, by the number of people who willingly embark on a trip of an hour or more without anything to read. I read a wonderful essay once by someone who referred to such people as “aliterate.” I see many of the same people every day, just sitting and staring at their hands, out the window, at their fellow passengers. Not all of them get motion sickness. I have the suspicion that some of them simply do not read.