Coupons, Coffee, & Quarantine

VISIT THE CAFE FOR 1 FREE TALL STARBUCKS BREWED HOT OR ICED COFFEE!!!

 Is this Barnes and Noble coupon the most exciting thing that has happened in months?  You would think so. I went to Barnes and Noble to buy a book, and though  I suppose I should have  quarantined it when I got home,  I did not.  And the coupon fell out!  (The whimsical laws of “quarantined”objects in my home differ from those of the super-hygenic humans.)

For years B&N has given me coupons for a free cookie–perhaps you have to buy a cookie first; I don’t know.

But coffee!  If only I’d known the cafe was open.  I saw chairs piled on top of tables from afar… 

But is drinking coffee at B&N going too far? 

I would have taken the coffee outside, of course.  

WHY DO I WISH THE  LIBRARIES WOULD OPEN?  I have amused myself in the last few months by making  a list of scholarly books I might like to read.  The samples at Amazon have that slightly overstuffed-chair style, as if the writers are afraid they will be mistaken for Georgette Heyer. But you can’t judge a book by its sample.

For $126.99, you can buy Cupid and Psyche: the reception of Apuleius’ Love Story since 1600, edited by Stephen Harrison and  Regine May.  Apuleius is one of my favorite novelists (yes, there were novels in ancient times), and we’ve all taught the Cupid and Psyche myth.  But the public library would never buy this one. 

I am also intrigued by Jana Norton’s The Tragic Life Story of Medea as Mother, Monster, and Muse ( $99).  I love the title!  The description says,  “This volume offers a critical yet empathic exploration of the ancient myth of Medea as immortalized by early Greek and Roman dramatists to showcase the tragic forces afoot when relational suffering remains unresolved in the lives of individuals, families and communities…)

And soon I will offer you “a critical yet empathic exploration” of  a book I just read.

Happy reading!  And have you ventured out to a bookstore yet?