Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Karmic Hair

What does it mean?
"In this world nothing happens to a person that she does not for some reason or other deserve. ... Karma ... is the result of our own past actions and our own present doings." [excerpted from Basic Buddhism]

The other day, while researching my thesis, I went to my local library to look for a dictionary on swearing (swearing in German. It's a long story.) The librarian walked me over to the reference area.

"In this section, we have this group of books about slang and swearing," she said, running her hand across book spines on the top shelf. She reached four shelves down to a golden book spine of another section. "Or, there's the Encyclopedia of Hair."

I couldn't stop smiling at her. "I can't believe you did that," I said.

"Did I misunderstand you?"

I assured her she had provided exactly what I was looking for. The librarian returned to her desk a bit mystified while I grabbed for the Encyclopedia of Hair with cackling delight.

How did she know? I've been writing Hairpisodes for four years now--do I emit some kind of "Hairpisodes" aura? All right, maybe I'm making a mountain out of a mole hill, but it's a very cool book, by Victoria Sherrow, and now that I'm aware of its existence in the universe, I must let humankind know.

The art (Getty images) is especially interesting. Here's a girl wearing her ancestral hair. She has the same kind of smile I had for the librarian.