Sunday, May 06, 2007


Sighting in the Wild

This phonecam shot is as fuzzy as a hiker's blurry photo of sasquatch fleeing back into the woods, but it's the best I can do. This afternoon, while shopping in our corner HEB supermarket (west-coasters, think Safeway; Brits, think Tescos; east-coaster, think whatever it is you think), we spotted a few faced copies of X-Men: The Return in the wild.

Why is a comic book tie-in novel shelved in Mystery, you may ask, haphazardly below John Scalzi's Old Man's War and next to a Star Trek novel that also proudly displays a kick-ass John Picacio cover? Probably because this supermarket's book section only has shelves labeled Romance, Fiction, Western, Mystery, and the largest of all, Inspirational. (To contextualize, the magazine racks are primarily Maxim, Guns & Ammo, Bow Hunter, and quilting magazines. I'm not sure exactly what that suggests about the demographics of my corner of northwest Austin, but you can draw your own conclusions...)

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