“In Chapter 3 of his genre-defying book The Songlines, Bruce Chatwin introduces an important supporting character:
“Do you mind if I use my notebook?” I asked.
I pulled from my pocket a black, oilcloth-covered notebook, its pages held in place by an elastic band.
“Nice notebook,” he said.
“I used to get them in Paris,” I said. “But now they don’t make them anymore.”
“Paris?” he repeated, raising an eyebrow as if he’d never heard anything so pretentious.
Then he winked and went on talking. (12)”
A.T. van Cort
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