Hootie and Hemingway

July 24, 2008
By corinne white, Chicago, IL

i won’t give business to
a bookstore that plays “modern pop-rock”
I get disoriented; jumpy when
I picture

kafka bopping his head along to Natasha bedingfield
mark twain tapping his feet to nickelback
bronte sisters doing the conga line to Justin timberlake
dickens gyrating to rihanna
Steinbeck humming along with lifehouse
Austen enjoying norah jones
Dostoevsky snapping his fingers to matchbox twenty

i worry about
the physical health of these authors
stuck in their pages, forced
to listen to our modern masterpieces
I feel

bookstores that play gently
classical or jazz
show concern and caring for the authors
they house; respect

it’s like
nuggets of gold sitting haphazardly in
a landfill

Shakespeare doesn't like

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This article has 6 comments.

on Nov. 6 2008 at 3:28 am
Love the last line. I could never write a humorous piece. Its pretty genius.

simplyshelby said...
on Sep. 30 2008 at 2:41 pm
I quite like the last line.

on Sep. 24 2008 at 1:23 am
I really like that.

xrthomx said...
on Sep. 21 2008 at 9:50 pm
Beautiful. Shows your respect and appreciation for true masters of the arts. Keep writing.

emilytalley said...
on Sep. 16 2008 at 1:22 pm
Clever and witty. I agree completely.

Bagger48 said...
on Sep. 5 2008 at 2:48 am
Loved the thought and the humor

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