“Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess.”

“WHAT DID SHE LOOK LIKE?”

“Imagine the most beautiful princess in the world.”

* the buzz of 9 tiny imaginations *

“Can you see her?”

“YA.”

“Is she beautiful? Is she the most beautiful princess you’ve ever seen?”

“YA!”

“That is what she looked like.”


For this reason Not Movies are generally better than Movies, Illustrations can regrettably commandeer a person’s imagination, and when Jhumpa Lahiri writes “Miranda went to Shalimar in Central Square” or any of the Cambridge locales she peppers into her stories, she really does a number on us and might as well be saying “listen guys—the princess had red curly hair.”