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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

This week I'm volunteering at a library (before you think "awww you're so benevolent!", please know it is for the Disneyland Give A Day Get A Day program), and even though I'm pretty sure I aggravated my carpal tunnel, I'm quite enjoying it!  I only work 3 hours a day and most of it is cleaning/reshelving (the Large Print section is lookin' mighty fine now, in my opinion...), but I really like being surrounded by books again.  I miss it.  And really, we all know I can't resist a good opportunity to organize.  AND I get to do alphanumeric...

I think I need to stop.  *fans self*

Anyhow.  So, today, I'm minding my own business, spraying some Simple Green onto the shelves for a good ol' rubdown, and this girl comes up to me.  I'd say around 14 or 15 years old, definitely a teenager.  She looked a little confused, so I asked her, "Can I help you with anything?"
"Can you help me find Breaking Dawn?"

I want to go on the record for two things: 1) yes I have read the entire Twilight series, and 2) yes I do hate myself for it.

(and secret #3: i still hate myself for having bought all 4 of them and feeding this ridiculous industry)

(ultra-secret #4: i hate myself more for wanting to get my Twilight book back from a friend who borrowed it four years ago.  is this a lost cause?)

(that's a lot of self-hatred.)

After directing her towards the Teen Fiction section of the library, I reconciled myself by saying she's a teenage girl, she's supposed to be into this stuff.  If anything, she's kind of behind on this whole sparkly vampire rage thing.

About five minutes later, she comes back up to me, Breaking Dawn cradled ever-so-lovingly in her arms (really.).  I smile and say, "Oh good, I'm glad you found it."
"Yes, thank you. And um...where can I find David Sedaris books?"

I about cried.

But here's the thing.  Do I cry because there is no way someone should mix David Sedaris and Stephenie Meyer unless the sentence is, "David Sedaris is infinitely superior to Stephenie Meyer in every single way", and that the end of the world is certainly coming when people mix brilliant literature with horrifying drivel?

Or do I cry that a teenager who can read something as soul-crushing (in the negative way, not in the 'omgz TEAM JACOB 4EVA' way) as Breaking Dawn may have hope in the recognition of David Sedaris as someone to aspire to be, which means all may not be lost in the future generation?

Or maybe I should just go back to cleaning my bookshelf and stop judging...


(PS. Thanks Amazon for the pictures!)


David A. Bedford February 25, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

I understand your frustration, but hey! she's 14. Reading Sedaris will probably help her lay aside the drivel soon. Give her time. :)See my book trailer at Thanks!

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