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you should read this book

It was night by the time we left the drugstore. Teddy and I played motorboat and moved into the darkness. The gaily lit Rite Aid receded behind us like a lakeshore restaurant. We walked along the sidewalks and driveways, passing the apartments and parked cars, hearing the occasional helicopter. I held Teddy in one arm and the crackers in another. We came alongside a high hedge bearing waxy green leaves and extending the full length of a corner lot. It was a dewy night but not cold, and there was a silence that walked with us. Teddy held out one arm so that his hand could graze the hedge. He let the leaves brush his palm. He watched and listened, and would sometimes grab and hold a twig to feel it tugged out of his hand as I moved him forward. Soon he established a sequence of feeling, grabbing, and then losing the leaf. I reseated him on my arm so he could lean out farther, and then slowed my walk to accomodate his game and extend the rapture. I came to the end of the block and it was like coming out of a dream.

-Steve Martin, The Pleasure of My Company

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iphisol
Sep. 23rd, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
Wow, I loved his other one, but don't know anybody who's read this one. That paragraph's great and the fact that it got you enough to copy it down points toward "I'm going to read that next." Excellent.
ranai
Sep. 23rd, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
I've read this, and thusly deserve a fitting reward! Joe remembered I liked 'Shopgirl' and got this for me for Christmas last year; I read it in one sitting I liked it so much (although, it is pretty thin).
redvector
Sep. 23rd, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
info from the strand warehouse
it involves magic squares, and the publishers had to insert an errata in the first editions, because some of the squares weren't magic!
redvector
Sep. 23rd, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
and anyone who has any excuses should know it's only like 150 pages long.
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