Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Show Me What a Bibliophile Looks Like! (This is What a Bibliophile Looks Like!)

"Do you read a lot?"

"Why yes, yes I do."

"You look like a reader."

Dooo I?

A customer told me I look like a reader and then asked me what I like to read. I wasn't in the book section; I was behind a cash register. In uniform. Did my glasses give me away? Do book lovers wear glasses? Maybe it's the haircut? The boy-cut-grown-out-then-given-an-impromptu-trim-in-the-bathroom style? Perhaps it was the gray sweater peaking out from beneath my uniform. Gray sweaters--very bookish.

He told me he's a librarian. That's how he spotted me. Maybe we just know our own.

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