Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How Pervasive Is the Costanza Rule?

I just saw this sign at the Barnes and Noble on 86th Street in Manhattan:

Just like the NBA has the Ted Stepien Rule, the NHL has the Bobby Hull Rule, and science has Newton's Laws of Motion, it seems that Manhattan bookstores now adhere to the Costanza Rule. The exact definition of that regulation? Don't bring books into the shitter. 

In 1998, George took his enthusiasm for French Impressionist paintings one step too far, bringing a hardcover book on the subject into the bathroom at Brentano's. In the 17 years since Brentano's "flagged" that book, Barnes and Noble seems to have taken its competitor's lead. The Costanza Rule is a bit of a shame, because reading on the can is one of life's great pleasures. The bookstore bathroom should be an oasis, offering a plethora of reading choices to those about to relieve themselves. The Costanza Rule just craps all over that possibility.

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