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."


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