Against U


I had to go to the library to rescue a book. I’d had it out before but I wasn’t able to finish it before it was due and I couldn’t renew it because I have way too many fines right now. So I had to take it back, wait a couple days for it to get reshelved.

It’s alright though. I already know how it ends.

“I didn’t realize The Last King of Scotland it was a book,” my mom had said, “Amin dies in the end.” Great, thanks for ruining the surprise.

While at the library I thought I’d take a bunch of books with odd call numbers and then stack them against a book called ‘U’. I figured that U was probably a catalogue of everybody’s favourite letter, documenting it’s appearance and usage throughout history, from it’s appearance in ancient times and it’s gradual separation from V, as well as it’s typographic treatments in various typefaces over the years.

I was going to take all the odds and stack them against U and then take a picture, see if anyone noticed.

But the library didn’t have a book called U. I looked for “You” and there was one but it was in another branch. Some sort of health manual. And then I checked for “Ewe”, which apparently doesn’t exist.

If it did I bet it would be about a woman experiencing a surprise pregnancy for the first time at 37 and coming to terms with faith and motherhood.

Oh well. I didn’t have my camera with me anyways. This is the second time this has happened. Maybe it’s a sign.

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