Lesson: When To Walk Away From A Conversation

July 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm 3 comments

I work at a bookstore, and about four times a month we’ll have authors coming in to do signings. This week, it was a pretty well-known photographer, whom I don’t really care for. His work tends to look like it either came from some hipster-worshipping photo site like Last Night’s Party [NSFW], or like an American Apparel ad with 80% more naked breasts and vomit. So it probably goes without saying that while getting ready for the event, my coworkers and I had a lot of fun flipping through his book and making snide comments.

One of the cashier’s from the main floor had drifted upstairs to our department, and was emphatically voicing her opinions. “I hate this guy! Oh my god. He’s such a douchebag. Oh my god. He’s such a douchebag.” None of us could really add to that, so we kind of nodded awkwardly. “He does seem pretty misogynistic,” I said. She blinked at me.

“Oh, misogyny doesn’t bother me.” Ooooh, edgy! “But in this interview he was like, ‘I am the most prolific photographer of all time,’ can you believe that? He’s not even good! How can he say that when his pictures are so shitty?!”

A co-worker and I exchange glances. I interject. “Well, he’s not saying he’s GOOD, he’s just saying he takes a lot of photos.”

She begins to backpedal. “Yeah, okay, but he said he was the most prolific of his generation. He’s only 45! How can he be the most prolific of his generation if he’s only 45?!”

And that, friends, is when one walks away.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim Cameron  |  July 17, 2008 at 2:13 am

    He’s also the most prophylactic photographer of his generation!

    Because he’s so ugly!

  • 2. neekaps  |  July 17, 2008 at 7:44 am

    did it happen be terry richardson?

  • 3. Sarah  |  July 17, 2008 at 9:56 am

    this is much better then the version I got on the phone…
    and good job on not getting into the stupid face.
    because that made no sense at all


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