The Twilight Of Our Literacy

, , , | Right | April 16, 2010

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 three teen magazines.)

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