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It's time again for Shopping The Personals, a recurring Racked feature wherein we comb through the retail-based Missed Connections listings on Craigslist.
Independent Union Square bookstore Strand seems an obvious a pick-up spot, especially for those wanting to show off their bookwormish tendencies. If you think about it, an avid reader has plenty of opener material to work with here—that novel's great, it's pronounced J.M. cut-ZEE-uh, etc. How many romances have bloomed among the eighteen miles of new, used, rare and out-of-print books? Quite a few:
1) Boy who held the door for me at Strand-keep it up!: "I have a boyfriend, so I tried to ignore you when you were kindof following me past the movie theater towards the train, but you are really cute! Keep making eyes at girls in bookstores, I bet it eventually will pay off." [Listing]
2) Interpol t-shirt at the Strand on Saturday afternoon: "I checked out Interpol and liked what I heard. I wanted to ask you about the Llosa novel in your hand but I was late to meet some friends. Write me back if you'd like to chat some more." [Listing]
3) Green Charlie Chaplin bag/piercing in your nose: "I saw you yesterday with your friend at Strand, both with your hair braided. You wanted some books about folklore. Then I saw you both again at around ten this morning on the L train. Thats gotta count for something, right? Get at me." [Listing]
4) Girl having trouble pronouncing "Nietzsche" at the Strand: "If there's anything else I can help you with, please hit me up. You're mad good looking—I'd like to get to know you." [Listing]