Beekman Bar and Books, NYC NPR's Juan Vidal on how to read in bars March 06, 2016 in ephemera Some good advice from someone who reads in bars. A lot. Reading requires — especially today — intense discipline and the capacity to sit still and engage. It’s a skill you can develop, this quieting of the mind. Some books make it easier than others, sure, but the fact remains: A strong reader is a champ at refusing the sweet mutter of distractions.