The Other Book
The other book that I got at the bookstore in the art deco theater is The Soul of an Octopus. I bought it because I'd read author Sy Montgomery's "Deep Intellect" at some point. It's truly a phenomenal piece. It contains sentences like "Athena [an octopus] rises up from her lair like steam from a pot." There's a really lovely scene in which Montgomery feeds an octopus -- rich with details and what could only be described as sensuality. The tale has a surprising ending, but the question it spawns -- in this case: "What is it like to be an octopus?" -- is what launches the rest of the book. This is what's known as the inciting incident. The story is the answer.