Monday, October 31, 2005

Something is very wrong with this picture

See Ana María Correa and others (including yours truly in the comments) on the degraded state of bookstores whose employees don't recognize Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez's name and wouldn't know where to put it on the shelves anyway.

I am not overreacting by calling this situation perverse. You try finding a play by, say, Tirso de Molina. You will soon resign yourself to the fact that you'll need to look under Tirso, De, and Molina because you never know where his works will appear. And if it's a critical edition, you may even have to resort to looking for the name of the person who edited it.