Today we have another guest post from Zak, who works with the cashiers and at the Newsstand…
You know exactly what I’m talking about. Imagine this conversation:
ATTRACTIVE WOMAN/MAN YOU JUST MET:
So, reading anything good?
Sounds hot. Wanna head back to my place?
Sadly, this will never happen. You and I could build cathedrals out of the books we want to read but never actually will. We have our reasons:
– too long
– too boring
These are two classic excuses.
So here’s what I propose: I make a list, right here and now, of some books I want to read but probably won’t. Then, you read one (or all) of them, find me at Vroman’s (or comment on this post) and tell me what you think. Cool?
Let’s get it poppin’:
1) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
Judging by length alone, this looks like magnum opus material. My buddies even tell me it’s “awesome”. But why are there so many footnotes, and do I really have to read all of them? I need a second opinion.
2) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Maybe you’ve heard of this Jobs guy. Clearly pretty smart, did some innovative stuff. But for real, homeboy made computers. How interesting could his life be? Tell me after you’ve read the book.
3) Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable.
Malcolm is one of my idols, and his autobiography changed the way I see the world and myself. But can I sit with him through 608-pages? I haven’t tried, but you should read the book and tell me if I should.
4) Russian novels in general.
All I know is, they look long and not very funny. I know Russia is a big country, but 1,500-page novels? For real? If you read one and convince me you’re not lying about having read it, I’ll personally buy you one of our Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Squares (you choose the flavor) the next time you come into the store.*
*Offer only good at main Vroman’s location, 695 E. Colorado. Only good for first person to respond to this post.
That’s all for now.
– The Notorious Z.A.K.