Peter Miller runs the Peter Miller Design Bookshop, in Pioneer Square, in the alley between First Avenue and Alaska Way. He is there, every day. He has written three books, Lunch at the Shop, Five Ways to Cook, and How to Wash the Dishes. A fourth book, Shopkeeping, A Manual, will be published in Spring 2024, by Princeton Architectural Press.
I looked around, then picked the hat up by its brow with two fingers and plopped it on my head. (Only later, after meeting the senior council of hat blockers and makers did I learn you must NEVER pick up a hat in that way.)
I sat on the stairs with my two sisters. We could see the parade was three blocks away, headed our direction. A big young man, with a colorful loose shirt, came up to us. He had a broad smile, we knew him from our Aunt Gladys, who had said, that's JoJo Sprague, don't worry, he's fine.
I have imagined a specific and mythic collision of English professor Charles Samuels and three contemporary business titans -- Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Jeff Bezos -- freshmen at Williams, forced to take English 101.