Some like to be soothed into the start of a new working week. But not Mr Gnome. He relishes some cerebral stimulation.
Hence his enjoyment of AN Wilson's weekly World of Books column in the Daily Telegraph.
It's the equivalent of a brisk tutorial with this interesting, provocative writer.
This week, for instance, Mr W recommended four worth-reading titles on the much-discussed topic of fundamentalism.
As a result, Mr Gnome is urging the HB to read The Islamist, by Ed Husain.
Discursive Mr Wilson also managed to comment on the popular telly series Cranford, casually dropping in a daringly incendiary remark, particularly so given the fact that he's writing in the DT.
Did he make a controversial statement about Islam?
Nope. Far, far more shocking.
He outed himself as a shameless non-fan of Cranford's star turn, actress Judi Dench.
In fact, he was really rather rude about the semi-divine Dame.
Rude about Dame Jude? And in the Telegraph?