Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert was featured in the New York Times Book Review recently. She participated in the "By the Book" interview, which is my favorite new(ish) column that explores the reading habits of popular authors. The entire interview can be found here, but this was my favorite part:
NYTBR: What is your ideal reading experience? Do you prefer a book that makes you laugh or makes you cry? One that teaches you something or one that distracts you?
EG: Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence, and alter my thinking forever. Either that, or the latest photos of celebrities' babies.