(originally posted 5/4/06 on MSN)
One of those…
It’s annoying when someone seems surprised at what I’m reading. I suppose a Black chick of a certain age is expected to like certain things. (I copped the phrase from Wendy Williams back when I was a listener.)
My favorite genres are Sci-fi and Mystery. It seems I’m expected to read AA Lit. or Romances (ewwwww) and I have some pretty interesting conversations regarding my choices.
Borders – Buckhead, about a week ago.
Me – happily checking titles in the SciFi aisle.
He – happily interrupting me.
He: “So, you like to read?” (really sharp observation since were standing in a store full of books)
Me: “A-huh.” (a bit annoyed that I’m being interupted – searching for titles is part of the fun)
He: “A girl like you likes Science Fiction and aliens and all that?” (implyed shock)
Me: “A-huh.” (since my grays are showing the “girl” is acceptable on this day – lucky dude)
He: “What’s the best book you’ve ever read?” (very deep, my Brother – how f’ing creative)
Me: “I don’t really want to talk right now. I’m looking for the best book as we speak.”
He: “Oh.” (don’t think homeboy understood me) Have you read ______? ( flavor of the week on AA booklists). It’s pretty good.”
He: “Oh, you’re one of those…”
He: ‘…knee-grows I keep running into. I guess you don’t like books written by Black people.”
Me: (amused by idiot) “I like Octavia Butler.”
Me: Never mind. (Walks away)