Hey Andrew, what's this book about? "I don't know."
Really? "Well, it's about this guy who moves here from Russia and he's a college professor but he's kind of a loser, and his ex-wife had a kid with some other dude and is somehow hitting up the professor to pay child support. But it's good! It's like, humorous. And well written."
So he moves here from Russia? "Yeah. He has troubles fitting in and stuff."
That's it? "Yeah, I just told you what it's basically about, this dorky guy who works at some small East Coast college (Ooh! I like it already!) and having a hard time."
(insert sarcastic inflection)
(although now I want to read it for real)
"Actually you just missed out, because last week I finished my 3 part series about this space adventure thing by Leigh Brackett. She co-wrote the original screenplays of 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'The Big Sleep' with Humphrey Bogart."
I AM TOTALLY LAUGHING AT YOU. You're reading romance! HA HA HA! "Oh hon. Do you even know what the traditional literary meaning of romance is?"
YEAH. KISSING AND STUFF! (I was an English lit major, I'm just messing with him.)
"I feel sorry for you."
At which point he SNAPS HIS FINGERS AT ME. And saunters off in search of his cat wife.