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    The Twilight Of Our Literacy

    | Exton, PA, USA |

    Me: “Hi, how can I help you today?”

    Customer: “I’m going on a 25 hour plane ride, and I was just trying to find something to read.”

    Me: “Okay, what kind of books do you read?”

    Customer: “Young adult stuff, like romance stuff.  OH!  Or something with vampires.”

    (I walk her over to the young adult section.  And show her a series with vampires. There are six books in the series and each book is quite small–not even 200 pages.)

    Me: “Well, you might like this series. They’re easy books to read, but really good. I’ve read them.”

    Customer: *flips through book* “It seems boring.”

    Me: “Oh. Well, I can assure you it’s not.  They are quite action-packed.”

    Customer: “I mean it looks wordy. Like, there’s a lot of words in it.”

    Me: “Well, yeah…most books have words in them.”

    Customer: “Hmm…I’ll think about it.”

    (She ended up buying 3 teen magazines.)