Slouchy, prematurely balding young professional, standing in a used book store:
Without the despair
I was wondering if you could tell me... I’m looking for... I’m trying to read all the “must read” American authors,” like the top 100, and I just finished “The Sun Also Rises”... It was just depressing. It seems like... I’m finding... they’re all depressing as hell. Okay? I just don’t need that. I’m wondering if you can recommend to me what you would consider to be a great American work that’s not depressing.