Professor: Sorry, I think I just gave a few of you post-traumatic Chaucer disorder.

Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York

Overheard by: Russ

Drunk guy: Well, I’m, like, more of a social reader, you know?

Columbus, Ohio

Janeane Garofalo incarnate, walking past adult bookstore: What more does a feminist need than dildos and books?

Denver, Colorado

Overheard by: A. N. Cargo

Professor talking about the Canterbury tales: So the friar has this gold pin he wears, he wears it under his neck to keep his hood closed . . . It's bling!
(class laughs)
Professor: I never want to hear anyone say I'm not up on the times. They had this article in Time magazine, it was an interview with a rapper, the guy's name was “fifty cents.”
(class laughs)
Professor: But I'm cool, and I know that it's not “fifty cents,” it's “fiddy.”

Carleton University

Chick #1: I worry that I'll become boring.
Chick #2: I think I'm more in danger of that than you.
Chick #1: What? You edit books about transvestite love!


Overheard by: Meister E

Frat boy reading section titles: “Self-help, cooking, fiction.” …is fiction science?

Barnes & Noble
Boston, Massachusetts

Overheard by: almost threw a book at him

Saxophone-playing dude: [About Huck Finn] You really think some ten-year-old white boy is gonna be running around with a crazy black man like “Woo hoo! Everything’s cool!”? No way, man, they woulda ate him!

Hartford, Connecticut

Overheard by: Claire

Girl: No, isn’t Macbeth the one where she gets her husband to kill Macbeth?

Overheard by: Stu

Girl to friends in line for bathroom: That's going to be the next chapter of the book: Boys Who Text But Won't Have Sex!

Overheard by: Eavesdrop DC

English teacher: Literature just isn't exciting unless people suffer. Like Dora the Explorer, nothing bad ever happens to her. The show would be a lot better if her monkey got hit by a car and died, wouldn't it?

High School

Overheard by: mcoo