Sometimes I like to tell you about things that have happened, and this is one of those times.
I was just looking around in the new collection My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read and Shop for something to post here. There are plenty o’writers talking about plenty o’bookshops in the book, and if they ever publish a sequel, I of course hope we end up in it, but for now I would have been super happy to post something about another shop. BUT! Just as I was reading, customer Sarah R. walked by after having made her purchases and told me she had a new tagline for the store inspired by her visit:
"A good bookstore makes you think of everybody you know."
Emily M. was there, too, and she tweaked it to:
"A great bookstore makes you think of everybody you love."
They agreed that this applied to hello hello. My heart grew three sizes this day.
Kathryn Schulz nails one of the things that bothered me most about the very idea of the book transitioning to the screen:
"One of the many things I loved about Cloud Atlas, the book — a retronym I resent having to type, by the way — is the way it shows language itself changing over time. You get immersed in these successive argots, from a mid-nineteenth-century English that feels archaic to an invented 22nd-century idiom that is dystopically new (half the nouns and verbs come from products: cameras are kodaks, etc.) to an even more distant future where the language, like the culture, has lapsed back into something rough and primitive again. It’s slightly difficult to manage that newest and most invented language even in the book, but by the time you get there, 300 pages in, Mitchell has entirely earned your trust. The movie, by contrast, opens with Tom Hanks babbling in this made-up lingo, and the combination — the lingo, and Tom Hanks — almost made me walk out of the movie before it had barely started.”