updated 06/04/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/04/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Since January the first three of Waugh's Travelman dispensers have discreetly sprouted at the Tube station in London's affluent South Kensington. For a one-pound (about $1.50) coin, riders can purchase the selection of the week, chosen from the works of literary masters such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, F. Scott Fitzgerald and, naturally, Evelyn Waugh. Each story is printed on a single sheet of paper, folded accordion-style to the size of a checkbook. Though Underground officials like the concept, "I can't see this turning people into Mensa members," cautions station assistant Malcolm Taylor. "Reading ingredients on the chocolate wrappers is about as far as most people go."
Despite having turned not a penny of profit, Waugh and his partners have applied for an additional 47 Underground sites. "It is part of a much bigger mission in life," proclaims Waugh, who won't allow a TV in the home in southwest England that he shares with wife Eliza, 36, and their three young children. "I like the idea that we stand proud next to all that rubbish."