The Edward Gorey incidents.
Twice this year I've had customers specifically asking for Edward Gorey books. "Why yes," I say, proudly, since I've always been partial to Gorey illustrations. "We've got a bunch of them."
"You don't have the one I want."
O.K. One Edward Gorey book is pretty much like the next. Really.
They look some more, and then the inevitable, "Is this all you got?"
"Well, we've tried to carry what's available," I say.
What I really want to say is, "Oh, you're looking for the Edward Gorey Store!"
After this last lady left, I counted my books. I had nine books, down from twelve.
So here's a challenge. Find a bookstore. ANYWHERE in America, Barnes and Nobles, even Powells, and tell me they have 12 or even 9 Edward Gorey books in stock.
I'm serious. This is cutting things mighty fine.
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