Keeping up with politics; Reader's Story


The Sun's Melody Holmes chats with outgoing Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke about reading and what it meant to him as a boy, a young man and a father. In this interview, Schmoke reveals that his early favorites were biographies -- about politicians!

Did you have a favorite place for reading? "The little chair in my bedroom."

Did you have a favorite character? "I liked Dr. Seuss. I love reading 'Green Eggs and Ham' to kids."

Was it hard for you to learn to read? "It took a while. Up until college, I thought I was a relatively slow reader."

Did you read other things? Newspapers? Magazines? The Bible? "All three, but most of my outside reading was biographies, mostly of politicians."

Have your ideas about reading changed since you were a kid? "I've evolved from relatively little reading as an elementary and middle-school student. I picked up the pace in high school, mainly through the inspiration of a few English teachers. If I could turn back the clock, I would have made sure I read at least one book a week outside of school. It would have improved my vocabulary."

What kind of books do you read now? "Last week, I read two Harry Potter books -- "Harry Potter and the Governor's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling. The week before that, I read 'Lexus and the Olive Tree'[by Thomas L. Freidman]."

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