My home town of Lexington, Kentucky may be called the “Thoroughbred Capital of the World,” but as we in the Blue Grass realize that Derby Day is fast-approaching, we find ourselves, also, racing toward literary laurels that were far from expected.
Last year Lexington found itself on the fast track to a rather unfortunate reputation. Some of you might remember a post I did in the summer celebrating my home town’s ranking by Men’s Health Magazine as America’s most sedentary city. In fact, my amazingly lazy Lexington even made the Colbert Report and was awarded the highly coveted “Reacher-Grabber Award.”
As of last week, however, Lexington seems to have overcome that rather dubious designation, as an article at Atlantic.com identified my home town as the most e-literate city in America.
Last year’s “award” may have reinforced the stereotype that Kentuckians are lazy-ass, barefoot fools, but this year’s commendation makes us look a whole lot smarter.
In Gulliver’s Travels, the protagonist travels to a land of intelligent and talking horses and brutishly ignorant people, known as Yahoos, who smell bad and barely bathe. Lexington’s novel designation, however, seems to suggest that the horses here in Kentucky may have a monopoly on speed but not on intelligence.
We Lexingtonians may be lounging in our living rooms consuming endless bags of Lays, but we recline with e-reader in hand–not racing to the library to check out the latest New York Time’s best seller. We don’t even need the Reacher-Grabber Colbert awarded us. We simply strain our index fingers, downloading books with the push of a button.
We readers from the city of sloth allow our town to retain its reputation as a place where only the horses run fast–or run at all, for that matter. The rest of us avoid-sweat-at-all-costs Kentuckians, rather than running for the roses, read our way to the finish line.
At least the world now knows that Kentuckians can, indeed, read, even if shoes are sometimes optional.