Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Certain Kind of Shorthand

I swear, there's a luxury in being constantly surrounded by books and people who simply understand what you mean. A shorthand emerges, incoherent babble transforming into a string of words and references that unexpectedly reveal yourself. For instance, a customer bought a copy of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love yesterday.  In the usual Booksmith style, I said how much I loved the book.  "You'll have a good time with it!" I said cheerily, and immediately covered my mouth. "I mean, you know, good time probably isn't the best way to put it with the subject matter but--"

"I know what you mean." the customer replied, and laughed. 

No further explanations are needed, you know what I mean.

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