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My piano teacher told me a story of trying to buy sheet music at the Old Town School store. When she mentioned that she needed it to work on parodies (she helps improv troupes), the clerk got all huffy, saying that it was an insult and a rip-off to hardworking musical artists and he himself was an artist and needed to stick up for artists and it was illegal plagiarism and she should be ashamed and he was going to have to think about whether or not he would order her the music book she wanted. (Did I mention that she is a teacher at the school?) So, two hours later the guy tracks her down to tell her sorry, his conscience will not let him order that book for her.

--James Finn Garner

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