Sunday, May 02, 2010


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Browsing used bookshops in Boston leaves me wanting nothing more for all the rest of my days than to find a good spot in a quiet corner where I can settle in and read.

Nearly had a fit at Commonwealth Books on 2 Milk Street when I found a copy of the book I've always wanted to read but didn't know existed: Malvina Hoffman's Heads and Tales. First edition. Signed by the author.

And even though I couldn't bluff my way through my excitement well enough to ask the shop clerk (the owner?) to knock the price down a little she did, without my asking, and said how glad she was to see someone excited over a book; said most folks only want to buy what they can plug in.

I'm afraid I'm complicit in, I told her. It's what I do for a living; and she startled before going on, full of hurt and forgiveness, like a grandmother who only receives visits on far distant holidays.

Well, that's all right, she said. At least you stop by when you can.

Posting by cameraphone from Boston.


I, Rodius said...

Ah, you almost make me miss Boston. Almost.

Enyasi said...

The joys of used bookstores... I heard Boston is really warm right now... I also heard don't drink the water. Enjoy the nice weather!

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