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  •  Sad to hear that about Elliot Bay (3+ / 0-)

    I remember visiting their old store back in the late 90s: exposed brick walls, one room for new books & one for used. Very impressive -- which is why I compared it to Powell's.

    FWIW, other bookstores I have visited I would compare to Powell's include Foyles in London & Stern-Verlag in Duesseldorf: they may not be as large as Powell's -- Stern-Verlag definitely wasn't when I went there in 1997 -- but both are large, sprawling bookstores worth checking out. Like Elliot Bay was.

    •  Foyles is easy to spend a day in, except for the (2+ / 0-)
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      llywrch, RiveroftheWest

      awareness that all of London is waiting just outside.

      It's funny how the essence of books is this string of symbols, which could be reprinted in some other container; yet the containers and the stores we find them in can grow so precious in their physical particularity. Thanks for a very enjoyable diary and subject of conversation, llywrch.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 11:34:58 AM PDT

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