“Hi, can you show me where the books about Merlin are?”
“Absolutely. Like Merlin the wizard? Are you looking for the Arthur stories, like the TH White book? Or are you interested in the Arthurian legend in any way?”
“No man, just take me to the books about wicca.”
“So you want the books about wicca, not about Merlin? I just want to make sure I understand.”
“It’s all the same, isn’t it? I just want to learn how to do magic. Witchcraft. You know.”
“It’s not totally the same, but if just want the magic slash occult books, they’re right over…”
“Man, I had no idea that asking a simple question about the Merlins was going to be so complicated.”
“I’m surprised too.”
“It’s all the same, right? Merlin, magic, giants, black masses, all that stuff. I just wanted a book about some Merlins.”
“Not exactly. I mean, is this a question about signifiers? Do you want to see some of the Saussure linguistic stuff? Is this a test?”
“Hey man, do you ever play Nintendo? Damn, I loved some Zelda back in the day.”
And that was where the conversation ended. We never made it over to the books about Merlins, witches, pixies, brownie sprites, Area 51, or Wicca, but we did talk for quite a while about the wrong turn that Nintendo took with The Adventure of Link, the sequel to the NES game The Legend of Zelda.
It’s all the same, right?