What I'm (Looking Forward to) Reading - The Right Book to Buy
During my final few months of college, I wrote a letter to Shakespeare & Company, the historic English language bookstore in Paris, asking for a job. A combination of literary history, French cinema, and fanciful stories of Paris had swirled in my brain and I envisioned I would be an excellent addition to Shakespeare & Co crew. Mind you, I didn’t speak French and had no idea where the bookstore was in Paris, but hey, I was soon going to have a lot of time on my hands and I figured why not. A few weeks later, I recieved a postcard that politely declined my request, and being 22 yrs old, I felt humiliated and decided not to go to France for at least 20 years.
However, this last week, I finally got to visit it. On the banks of the Seine, across from the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, it is a huge store and a bit of a mecca for literary tourists. and makes one want to pull out a beaten travel typewriter and get to work on some sequel to the Moveable Feast. I knew I had to buy a book, but I spent the better part of an hour trying to decide which one. Eventually, I found a copy of Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, which I first read about the time I wrote my original letter, which aside from being amazing, was that book that taught me what writing really could be. It was a small, important moment, and when they stamped the interior page with the Shakespeare & Co. monogram, I decided to forgive them for not hiring me all those years ago.