Why we should support indie bookstores.
A reader named Maureen Feinroth sends in this anecdote about her book-shopping experience at a Barnes & Noble in the Washington area:
Me: Hi, I am looking for the new biography of Beethoven. I don’t see it on the shelf.
Salesperson: I can look it up for you. [Typing "b-a-y . . ."]
Me: No, it’s Beethoven: “b-e-e . . .”
Salesperson: Oh “Beethoven.” I LOVED that movie!!! Wait. The dog wrote a book?
On a related note, in Chapters, I once found my biography of Norman Bethune in the medical section beside the Atkins Diet!