Saturday, October 6, 2007

A Major Offense Involving Barnes & Noble



Ugh, Literati, I fear I have committed a major offense. Yesterday I bought David Markson's The Last Novel at Barnes and Noble, rather than ordering it from his awesome publisher.

My reason being that I freaked out and had to have a book to read immediately and then I was in Barnes and Noble and, well... See, the other book I am reading is called The American Prose Poem: Poetic Form and the Boundaries of Genre. It is sort of awesome, but I hope you can understand why I needed something else to read pronto.


Please know that I did not take the Barnes and Noble cashier's advice and get their stupid card that makes you buy everything there because you can save, like, 3 cents every time you use it.

Oh Literati, please forgive me. I will sincerely apologize to David Markson in our letter, and address myself as a "chach-bag writer," to use my new favorite term, coined by Meghan Austin.


(See pretentious picture of our favorite chach-bag writer above. I will also send David a picture of myself in this same pretentious pose, but in front of Burrito House or something.)

9 comments:

Meghan said...
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Meghan said...

Also, I was at Barnes & Noble yesterday waiting for a friend to finish work, and I almost bought the collected stories by that writer you recommended who I've always avoided. I didn't buy it, not because of Barnes & Noble but because there was a school marmish picture of her on the cover and I couldn't support such bad design choice. I imagine her earlier collections had even worse design, being part of the 1980's shoulder-pad, paint splotch book design era, but come on people.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

reading markson makes up for shopping at b&n. so what you did does not exist.

Meghan said...
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Megan said...

that's awesome; can other, eviler things i've done not exist, too?

Meghan said...

Yes, every evil thing in one's life can be canceled out by buying one really good book. The problem is, I just haven't found enough good books!

Meghan said...

If you write a book yourself, I think that wipes off two evil deeds. Unless the book itself is an evil deed, and then you only get one point.

Sarah said...

I fear that I may have to hit the B&N as well, just because of procrastination.

That's what they thrive on: people's inability to think ahead.

Also, I might go to Borders (which is just as bad) because I have that secret teacher discount card from our expatriate friend.

Megan said...

yes, take borders for all they're worth.