A Coffee Shop for Bibliophiles to Dream Of?
Good coffee shops are now so abundant in Korea that they have to try all sorts of gimmicks to draw customers, so there are cat coffee shops, internet coffee shops, meditation coffee shops, religious coffee shops, and book coffee shops, among others, and today, in a new shopping mall near our apartment, I saw one of those book coffee shops, a small one tucked away in a corner, but nevertheless a clean, well-lit place to sip coffee and peruse books that, by their titles, looked to be in English:
Yes, here am I, all prepared to select a book from those numerous ones on the shelf to my right -- there's one about Iggy Pop that's caught my eye, 'cause he looks like a drugged-out muscle builder, a skinny Arnold Schwartzenegger:
But as the whirled camera turned its candid eye more directly on the shelves, I noticed a problem:
The books are merely two-dimensional, 'truthy' facsimiles of our three-dimensional reality, so not a single text could be plucked from those unshelved books! I can offer my wife only a 2-D-full (and dutiful!) smile of leather-faced chagrin.
We were forced to turn to a form of entertainment from last century: conversation!