1.26.2005

Eleanor Rigby

The book by Douglas Coupland, not the Beatles song.

So, after work today, I stop by my local HFS to pick up a bag of whole wheat pastry flour (it was supposed to be in yesterday), well, guess what, every OTHER flour but that one came in, so now it'll be NEXT Tuesday, and I'm totally out. Bummer!


Sigh ......... so, I stop off at the public library to see if Eleanor Rigby happens to be sitting on the new release shelf, and it was. I sidle up to the old fiction section and to my delight find several other Couplands there. I pull out Generation X, Girlfriend In A Coma, and Miss Wyoming and move on to the non-fiction section where I find a copy of Polaroids from the Dead. I join a bearded, burly guy in a red hoodie and matching sweats cut off at the knees at a reading table and settle in for a quick glance at each book.

Keep in mind that I'd never heard of Coupland until reading about him on a favorite forum. Imagine my delight as I open up Gen X. Three chapters and however many minutes later, I drag myself away from Andy, Dag and Claire. I then move on to Girlfriend In A Coma. Five chapters later .... the same thing, I'm brought back to the now by a loud-mouthed library patron talking about her new puppy (this was an adult, mind you, who you'd think would know better than to bray). I look up at Mr. Red Hoodie, and find him looking at me with much the same look as disgust as I'm sure is showing on my face. We exchange conspiritorial whispers about being shushed by many librarians back when. Then, he returns to his magazine and I to Polaroids.

Where am I going with this? I ended up bringing Eleanor, Gen X and Polaroids home and will spend the next few days reading furiously. Did I say that I LOVE the discovery of new authors?

Thanks to some very good apples in the Orchard at Over the Rhine.

Cher

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