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Nothing Is Selling

Posted at 6:20PM Sunday 24 Aug 2014

LATE SUMMER. EARLY EVENING. PAUL AND DOUG ARE SEATED AT A MIDTOWN EAST BAR, BOTH NURSING TEN CANE ON THE ROCKS.

PAUL: Nothing is selling.

DOUG: I know.

I mean it. Nothing.

I hear you.

Even the brand names. Flat.

Stagnant.

Dead. (PAUSE) You ever seen a summer like this?

Never.

Have you looked at the Bookscan numbers?

I have. Depressing.

Depressing? Are you kidding me? They make me want to jump out the fucking window.

I know.

The number one fiction book in the country sold thirteen thousand copies last week.

I'm aware.

Thirteen K.

Ugly.

The nonfiction list is just as bad.

I didn't look.

Nineteen K.

Wow. I had no idea it was that soft.

Been that way for weeks. (PAUSE) This is not a sustainable model.

DOUG: Fuck.

paulbogaards




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