on the street (recalled)

I heard her before I saw her. A little girl alone on the deserted sidewalk in front of a brownstone, with a stack of dusky red encylopedias next to her. She had one volume propped up against her belly, and a humorless intensity in her face. She was swiveling from side to side, showing off her wares and calling out like a sideshow tout: “C’mon get your Book of Knowledge. It’s all in the Book of Knowledge.”

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2 Responses to “on the street (recalled)”


  1. 1 Greg May 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    There’s nothing more promising than an unread book of knowledge. Young mind + unread knowledge = unlimited potential.

  2. 2 Kio May 19, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    So true. Though of course, she was trying to unload hers.


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