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Found Text: Book Receipt with Lists and Dialogue

In Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha, the narrator mentions that he likes to read so much that he reads even "los papeles rotos de la calle." ("torn papers in the street). I can relate. Myself, I also like to read random things that I run across. I bought a used textbook, in whose pages I found the receipt for the original purchase.

The book in question is Alice Omaggio Hadley's "Teaching Language in Context," probably the definitive text in this area of expertise. I bought it used on Amazon for a pretty hefty price, but the girl who bought it new in 2006 paid $82.95 for it, significantly more than I paid. The textbook market is a racket, but that's a rant for another day. The interesting thing is that she used the back of the receipt to write a list and to transcribe an overheard dialogue.

The book was purchased in Philadelphia, July 28, 2006. On the back, she starts out making a list of things to take with her on a trip: panties/bras, swimsuit, hair items/shampoo, camera, shorts, "tennies," pajamas ... and then one that puzzles me: "skulls - hair/fur." The list continues with books (capitalized with an exclamation point), printed articles, tampons, and make up.

In another column, there is a list of things to do: paint toes, print photos, write to teacher, finish journal for Spanish class, water bathroom plants, "salad dispose," and "note to Jack re: treats and water."

The best is at the bottom where she transcribes a dialogue she overheard, apparently near Philadelphia's city hall:

VOCIFEROUSLY DISAPPROVING CROSS WALKER: What yo ass is doin' in the STREET?!

PANHANDLER: Cuz yo muthaf*&*@n' ass WANTS me here, Miss A.C.!

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Book, $82.95

Contents, Priceless!
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