A personal fave from yours truly came when Bryson performed at a branch of Waterstones Bookshop (in those dim and distant days when we HAD bookshops) in the Yorkshire town of Leeds where I lived at the time. “You travel extensively,” some wag in the audience chirruped. “Are there any places you would never go back to?” Without so much as a second’s hesitation, Bryson smiled. “That’s an easy one,” he said. ”The Comet shop in Skipton.”
And so the story ends and all that’s left for us to do is retrieve the books from the shelves and read 'em all again . . . seeing as how anyone who professes to have already devoured them will surely have spent much of the time laughing loudly. “And so it is in terms of adaptability, humans are pretty amazingly useless,” he wrote in A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. Well, maybe so, at least for a few of us. But not you, Bill, never you.