Friday, January 14, 2005

It's Old--

--but I still laugh every time I read it.

From "50 Most Loathsome New Yorkers" (NY Press):

#29 -- Strand Staffers

SLAVING AT A used bookshop may be a nobler vocation than trading pork bellies, but is it too much to ask that someone make eye contact through his or her Elvis Costello glasses? Is it unreasonable to expect the occasional acknowledgement of a customer's presence? Do new employees take classes to learn how to display utter contempt? Screw the Strand and its narrow aisles and indecipherable shelving practices and overpriced used books and staff of petulant clerks. They can ram all eight miles of books up their mopey asses. Next to them, the people at Barnes & Noble are downright motherly.

We're nestled between Dick Grasso and Joan Rivers on the list.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i knew barnes and noble. i worked with barnes and noble. barnes and noble was a friend of mine. strand: you are no barnes and noble.... which i mean, of course, that i walked three blocks up to that behemoth on union square and, god forbid, actually found the book i was looking for

9:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should stop making fun of the strand as it is WRONG and is the equivalent of poking fun at a terminally ill child.

5:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terminally ill my ass! Sales have gone up almost 80% in the last quarter, what with the webpicks and the new second floor. I know, I stole the sale report myself.

Yeah, we are crabby fuckers but it isn't because we took a class. It's because we got no training at all. My introduction to the Strand was, " here are the books...go do some shelving or something."

9:50 pm  

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