Jan. 11th, 2012

I went to a book signing/concert/online community gathering for John Green’s new novel, The Fault in Our Stars, tonight.

At my second transfer (because it takes me three trains to get home from Symphony Space) I sat down at the far end of a bench from a homeless guy. I pulled out my book, and about 10 pages in the homeless guy says “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

“We need Uncle Bill,” he says, referring to Shakespeare. He then quotes a sonnet at me. He knew which number sonnet it was but I don’t. (I put ‘Read more Shakespeare’ on my list of things to do after seeing Sleep No More last year, but haven’t yet.)

He then told me that good Uncle Bill says “neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend,” which seemed remarkably apt considering today’s economic situation.

At this point, possibly because I had closed my book and was smiling at him, the guy told me his bottle of Gatorade actually contained his special juice.

Then the F arrived, so I left him on his subway bench and came home.

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