Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

17 April 2005

Pride Comes Unannounced

Older neighbor lady on my floor: Hey Mr. Aaron.
AT: How are you today?
ONL: Oh, I'm doing fine. You?
AT: Very well, thanks. I'm off to work.
ONL: Oh. ...What are you reading?
AT: The Line of Beauty.
ONL: I've never heard of it.
AT: I read about it in The Gay and Lesbian Review.
ONL: Oh, that's why.

For a split second I wondered if I should mention where I read it, but it was the natural response to having never heard of the book and I felt a twinge of pride. The old neighbor lady didn't bat an eye.