Guy #1: Wow, there’s a lot of weird stuff down here.
Guy #2: Yeah… this must be the “beyond” part.

–Bed Bath & Beyond, Chelsea

Dad: Katie! Katie! Where are you?

Little girl emerges.

Dad: What are you doing?! Never do that again. You know what happens when you walk away from Daddy? Some evil man comes and decides to take you and keep you forever.

–ABC Carpet, 19th & Broadway

Overheard by: hjane

Woman: I don’t know about this one, it’s not so Nebraska.


Woman: Excuse me, where are the literary journals?
B&N Guy: Them’s over there.

–Barnes & Noble, Union Square

White guy, feeling shirt material: This is nice. What kind of fabric is this shirt?
Black guy: It’s, uh… grey.
White guy: Grey? That shit’s not a material!

–Century 21

Cashier: Do you want your receipt?
Customer: Yeah, I guess. (pauses to read as she walks to the exit) I love it when my books cost less than my lunch!

–The Strand

Overheard by: Suzanne

Mom to kid: You said you wanted a history book, what were you thinking?
Kid to mom: Like, “History.” Back in horse time.

–Bookstore, Greenpoint

Overheard by: eefers

Yuppie lady boasting about son: He graduated summa cum laude from Villanova!
Cashier: Vee-la-no-va? Is that in New York?
Yuppie lady: No, it’s in–
Cashier, interrupting: –Yeah, then I don’t care.

–Clothing store, 54th & 5th

Sales guy: Are you going to Google me?
Queer: I don’t know, are you Google-able?

–Saks Fifth Avenue

College student: This is the best Barnes & Noble I've ever seen!

–Borders, Time Warner Center

Student: So, the author of the Tao Te Ching, Lao-low… Fuck it, we're calling him L-train.

–Eugene Lang College

Overheard by: Harker

Large woman with friends: Oh, girl, I got to tell you about this book I'm reading. It's off the hook! They're sending in this undercover agent, and I think it's his sister, but he's all getting ready to have sex with her!

–White Castle, 36th & 8th

Overheard by: Duncan Pflaster

Woman on phone: I was in Union Square, so I stopped in Barnes & Noble. (pause) Nigga, I can read!

–Union Square

Little British boy: Oh my goodness, dad, look! They have books on dating. How to Date? is probably like, "Don't take her to McDonald's!"

–Barnes & Noble

Overheard by: Laura

Tattooed artsy guy, putting hand on artsy Asian girl's shoulder: I read your book and really liked it… lotta pissing, huh?

–Mott & Prince