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At The University Bookstore

After lunch today I stopped by the bookstore to get an itunes gift card for my brother. I'd already gotten him a Barnes and Noble gift card, but it's going to be late because I keep forgetting to mail it. The itunes card is kind of like an interest payment.

Naturally, I perused the books. I saw a book called The Official Dictionary Of Sarcasm, with the subtitle "A Lexicon For Those Of Us Who Are Smarter and Better Than The Rest Of You". There was a footnote to the subtitle that read "not approved for stupid people." I leafed through it and it struck me that a lot of the definitions weren't really sarcastic. They were witty, and many of them employed such devices as exaggeration and invective quite effectively. But that's not the same thing as sarcasm. Which leads me to think that the author shouldn't talk about how much smarter he is than everyone else.

It's possible that a more thorough reading would change my mind. But that's not going to happen, because I didn't buy it and I'm not going to.

I saw a new release of the 1968 novel True Grit by Charles Portis. I looked at the back cover and saw that the Coen Brothers were going to soon release a film adaptation, with Jeff Bridges playing Rooster Cogburn. I never saw the John Wayne movie made form the novel shortly after it was released, but I'm not going to miss this new adaptation. I can't imagine anything more entertaining than a Coen brothers western.

I didn't buy this book either, but it took a lot more effort than not buying the sarcasm dictionary. I may yet fold.