No, that's not the title of my 27th attempt at writing a picture book (although, come to think of it, that's a great idea. Hmm.
Sort of a cross between Giraffes Can't Dance and Hilda Must Be Dancing... only with elephants).
And it has nothing to do with a Republican winning the governor's race in New Jersey.
No. It's actually a snippet of a quote from Michael Powell of Powell's Books, as quoted in The Oregonian (and quoted again in Shelf Awareness on Oct 26, 2009).
The full quote: "It's nice to find a high perch when elephants are dancing."
That's by far the most creative way I've heard of describing the book price war between Walmart, Amazon, Target and Sears, and how bookstores should cope. You can read more about that craziness here.
Will this be the nail in the coffin for independent bookstores and chains alike? I don't think so. Those big-box stores are deep-discounting only bestsellers, and only online. Bookstores can offer so much more than that. And I expect this pricing war will be temporary. Bookstores will survive. What do you think?