A Day in the Life of a Man Who Worries About Trivial Things as a Profession
- onOctober 24, 2014
- Vol.24 Summer 2014
- byBok Geo-il
- A Day in the Life of a Man Who Worries About Trivial Things as a Profession
Tr. Jamie Chang 2014200pp.
These Shining Works of Literature
The pedestrian path is narrow. A narrow path has been paved along the banks of a brook, and over half of it has been taken over by the bike lane, so one has to be careful not to knock into others out for a walk. It is a nice spring day, and so there’re many people about.
“Hi,” waves and greets a little girl when their eyes meet. She looks to be about three years old walking down the path with her grandmother.
The girl stares at I-rip. It seems she doesn’t know how to react.
“Ji-hye, can you say hello to the gentleman? Bow and say ‘hello.’” The grandmother stops and instructs her granddaughter.
Only then does the little girl remember what she’d learned. Like a female greeter at a department store, she bows with one hand on her stomach.