I keep running up on these great quotes.
This one is from Myla Goldberg via the NY Times Review of Books blog, Paper Cuts. Goldberg is the author of the novels Bee Season and Wickett's Remedy (neither of which I've read, but I might now!).
Q: Whose books are generally shelved next to yours in bookstores? How does it feel to be sitting between them?
A: I’m too abashed to seek out my books in bookstores all that often; it feels a little too much like public masturbation. When I do get up the nerve, I just look for the “Memoirs of a Geisha” guy, Arthur Golden, because that book is almost always in stock and facing frontside-out due to the pretty Japanese lady on its cover. She’s my beacon: I look for her, glance to her left, and then slink away, feeling kind of dirty.