For those of you who have never heard of George Whitman, he is the 91 year old owner of a bookstore on the Left Bank of Paris called Shakespeare & Co. Some of the greatest writers of all times hung out there and occasionally broke chairs over one another’s heads. I won’t mention names, but I will tell you that one of them was not a communist. Of course George is. And that is why his store is available for anyone who so chooses to sleep over for as long as they like. (THere’s a drunk in there who’s been sleeping over for five years). George feeds his guests (in a communal fashion) in addition to verbally abusing them and forcing them to do chores. The only reason I know all this is because I watched a documentary about George tonight and I think I might be in love with him.
The thing that intrigued me the most, aside from the sick amount of books, is that when George needs a haircut, he lights his head on fire with a candle and then pats it out. I mean most people wouldn’t be able to come up with an idea like that. And that is why I am going to Paris to meet George. Most of you have probably already been to this bookstore, but I only walked by it, having no idea that George was inside. But now I know, and I plan on sleeping over too. But I’ll probably bring my own pillow. You have to see how dirty this place is to believe it. Bugs everywhere, and yet, I need to meet George and show him "She’s Got Issues."