Balfour Books, College Street, Toronto
Friday (April), 2000
was at the checkout desk with a collection of short
stories and essays by Bowles when the guy behind the desk
said "We just got something else by him the other
day." He starts rummaging though the heaps of books
stacked by the cash register. "Here it is. You wanna
This, by the way, is the
same technique that drug pushers use to turn the Youth Of
Today into the Dope Fiends of Tomorrow.
"I'll give to you
for.. I don't know. $10" (or whatever it was)
"Is that OK?"
I pause for a just a
moment. "Yeah, all right."
Parents, take note: If ten
bucks go missing from your wallet, and you suspect it's
been purloined by your children, don't go looking in
their rooms for ziplock bags of marijuana. Look for used
books by existentialist writers living in Morocco. Or
whatever else has "just come in" at your local