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  •  What an enjoyable diary, Dave! (2+ / 0-)

    This evocative, interesting essay was a pleasure to read.  You make me long to visit a bookstore...but alas, where are the stores of yesteryear?

    I've had an enormous number of jobs in my life, and do you know the one I enjoyed most?  It was a part-time job at Brentano's one Christmas season that somehow went on and on for a year and a half.

    The other booksellers were fascinating.  You can't unpack books, shelve books, and lead customers to books without occasionally opening those books, and that's what made my co-workers so interesting to talk to.  Whereas most people's conversation seems to concern their work or their family, my co-workers talked about ideas, and it was so stimulating!  I miss that.

    Brentano's was eaten by Waldenbooks, which disappeared somewhere; The Little Professor Bookstore, which for a while was the "in" place to meet people on Friday nights here in the El Boring-O suburbs, was eaten by Barnes & Ignoble.  Now even Barnes is gone.  Alas.

    I love the trance that comes over me in a bookstore when I walk around, eyes glazed, lost in a world of wanting.  Don't get that feeling any more.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed May 08, 2013 at 05:50:49 PM PDT

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