The Perfect Book

You see it, sitting there inconspicuously among the other books. In a sea of replicas, cheap fiction and shoddy cover art - a single hardbound copy, perhaps the last copy that the book shop carries.

The title running down the spine is familiar. It takes a second, but you make the connection. It's that book you've wanted to read. You've even memorized what your favorite reviewer said about it.

As your hands unconsciously flip through the paperback that you'd nostalgically picked up seconds ago, you mumble a quote to yourself - 'a glorious work of art - the kind that rattles your mind from the surface of the senses to the core of your consciousness and rids your existence of all that is imperfect'