So I stopped at Borders on the way home to pick up Heather Armstrong’s new book. Which for some reason is in the psychology/self-help section — admittedly, I haven’t read it yet, but how is a collection of anecdotes going to “help” anyone? Maybe I just don’t understand self-help books.
Anyway, I had read an Ann Coulter article earlier in the day, and parts of it made me laugh (the James Carville line, especially), so I thought I’d pick up one of her books on the way out.
As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m no fan of Ann Coulter. Her public persona grates on my last nerve, and the fact that she’s somehow become the representative for all conservative women makes my brain hurt. But I think that if I knew her personally, I’d love her, because her snarky, smart way with words completely cracks me up.
So I picked one at random, and walked up to the register, where a fresh-faced girl in her early-twenties, with her hair in a ponytail, was checking the last person out. I walked up and put my books down, and as she picked up the Coulter book, I asked if books came with an assigned “genre” — curious about Heather’s book’s placement.
She stammered for a minute, glanced down at the book in her hands, and looked really worried, and I knew I’d lost her. So I went on to explain that I thought the psychology placement of the other book was odd. She started laughing and told me that Into The Wild is in the recreation/outdoors section, and that they just roll with it.
And then, as she’s just about to put the Coulter book into the bag, she — I swear to god, this young girl that I would’ve picked for an Obama groupie with no hesitation — physically hugs the book to her chest, and says “I love this book.”
I feel like I stood there with my jaw on the counter for fifteen minutes, but it must have only been a second or two. I mean, this town is blue. So we chatted about Ann Coulter for a few minutes (there was no one else checking out), and how funny but utterly polarizing she is. Two conservative women. In a Borders. In St Louis.
(And now I know how people must feel when I start talking about politics.)