Monday, March 7, 2011

In Defense of the Bookstore: Why I Am a Bookseller

A recent article I have written for the Elliott Bay Book Co. blog, The Ship's (B)log addresses bookselling in the age of the internet, beginning what I hope will mount as a defense for bookstores everywhere, as a lately unsteady terrain continues to shift. Stay tuned.

Thanks to Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl, we have freedom to admit our book lust. And with Jessa Crispin, the Bookslut, on our side, we have no reason to be ashamed, of how much we read, how quickly we jump from title to title, how we just can’t seem to get enough. Something very visceral drives us to the book, it seems. The textured stroke of each page, the brilliant colors and covers, some ravishing, some demure. An altogether magnetic attraction. Something romantic, something animal—let’s not split hairs.

So who among us isn’t dubious of the e-book? Who among us doesn’t look askance as bookstores close doors across the country? For every book lover, every literary Don Juan, bibliophile, codex Casanova, who among us isn’t as passionate for the very houses that store them? We sometimes feel as star-crossed lovers in our digitized era.
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Jory M. Mickelson said...

This also might have something to do with it...

Q: What do you call a state with less than half of its fourth graders passing the standard reading test? A: The best in U.S.! Congratulations to reading champ Massachusetts, whose 47% proficiency rate among 10-11 year-olds crushes the national average of 33%. (In 1992 it was 29%.) New England sweeps the top four spots: MA, CT, NH, VT, while overall the West and the South scored lowest. Full results and analysis from the NEA."

Promising Poets Parking Lot said...

lovely thoughts,

e-book is cool,

I prefer concrete books though.

Promising Poets Parking Lot said...

Enjoyed this, awesome talent.

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