Friday, February 07, 2014

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:

Iggy Pop

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!



At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as as in your blogspot of my farm labors, "it" once again raises it{s} ugly head.
I feel for you, nephew,
It{s} one of the crosses we must bear.


At 5:30 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

At least your uses of "it" were grammatically correct, whereas my use was ungrammatical, surely a reason for more "leather-faced chagrin."

Thanks for the correction.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:50 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Now, how about a coffee shop with two dimensional patrons painted on the walls, and three dimensional books in a central stack?

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Only if with four-dimensional coffee!

Jeffery Hodges

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