Hawking Truth

Before reading her poetry, the
poet said something to the effect
that publishers want to sell books
(for obvious reasons thought the
capitalist) and that in order for
that to happen people need to buy
them and as that poet would like
to have the publishers keep publish-
ing her books she would encourage
those gathered for the poetry read-
ing to show their support for the
arts by buying the books (each one
signed by the poet) on the table
at the back of the room immediate-
ly following the reading, or per-
haps during the social hour after-
ward, maybe between glasses of
wine, but not so may glasses of
wine that they forget to purchase
the books. This, of course, was
followed by appropriately muted
laughter for an artistic occasion
just before the reading began
in earnest.

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