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Sunday, 15 February 2009

Little things


I know little things please little minds 'n' all that, but here's one that pleased mine: a receipt my wife and I picked up when shopping at the excellent Polyester Books in Melbourne the other week. While the shop touts itself as being whacky and freaky and its website boasts an endorsement from Frank Zappa, it is in fact just a darned good bookshop.

"Polyester Books is full of perverts, throw-backs and degenerate gamblers... this well appointed book store provides a home-away-home for the connoisseurs of fine publishing" - Frank Zappa, U.S. musician

We were browsing the wide range of gonzo and beat fiction, but I'd like to go back to pick up a graphic novel or two. In the event, we bought Haruki Murakami's Dance Dance Dance, both being big fans of Murakami's writing, and I didn't notice the courtesy note on the bottom of the receipt until later.

5 comments:

gary davison said...

Nice touch. Sort of sums up the shop in two words and makes you want to return, doesn't it?

Paul said...

Certainly does, Gary. It's on my list next time I'm down that way.

Jon Haylett said...

I agree. It's the sort of place I'd go back to, just because of that. But it's a hell of a commercial risk, and you have to admire them for it. Remember Gerald Ratner and his load of crap?

Paul said...

I only got the gist of the Gerald Ratner blue by reading one of Gary's posts. "Weird shit" would be acceptable with quite a few customers, but might go down like... a bucket of sick (for example) with others. I'm with you, Jon: I reckon they got it right.

Jane Turley said...

Yep, they got it right. My kinda place.