by Robert Hass
Chester found a dozen copies of his first novel in a used book-
store and took them to the counter. The owner said, "You can't
have them all," so Chester kept five. The owner said, "That'll be
a hundred and twelve dollars." Chester said, "What?" and the
guy said, "They're first editions, mac, twenty bucks apiece." And
so Chester said, "Why are you charging me a hundred and
twelve dollars?" The guy said, "Three of them are autographed."
Chester said, "Look, I wrote this book." The guy said, "All Right,
a hundred. I won't charge you for the autographs."