erik lundegaard

Scene at a Barnes & Noble

Scene at a Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis three days before Christmas...

Clerk: May I help you find something?
Me: I'm alright. Wait. Actually, yeah. I'm looking for a book: “The Letters of Saul Bellow.” Where would that be exactly?

Clerk returns to information desk and stands before computer.

Clerk: What was the name again?
Me: “The Letters of Saul Bellow.”

Clerk clatters on keyboard. Pause.

Clerk: How do you spell that?
Me: Saul? S-a-u-l.

Clattering on keyboard. Pause.

Clerk: Is that one word?
Me: Um. Saul: S-a-u-l. Then there's a space and it's Bellow, B-e-l-l-o-w. Saul Bellow.


Clerk: Here it is. Yes, we should have several copies.

Clerk comes out from behind information desk. He's wearing a button that says: “I'm NOOK Smart.”

Posted at 06:40 AM on Mon. Dec 27, 2010 in category Books, Personal Pieces  
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David Hirning wrote:

“Is that one word?” ???

This person does not have the intelligence to work in a book store, even a Barnes & Noble. Totally fired.

Comment posted on Mon. Dec 27, 2010 at 06:54 AM

Erik wrote:

I'd say he has the literary background commensurate with his pay. He's nook smart, not book smart.

On the other hand, it's what I get for shopping at Barnes & Noble.

Comment posted on Mon. Dec 27, 2010 at 07:16 AM

Chad wrote:


Not Nook-smart either!

Saul Bellow: Letters [NOOKbook]
by Saul Bellow, Benjamin Taylor (Editor)
$16.99 NOOK Price
NOOKbook (eBook)


Comment posted on Mon. Dec 27, 2010 at 10:13 AM

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