A Monday morning gem

February 2, 2009

“Few places are as undeniably valuable in the artistic life of a community than great independent bookshops. For an individual, they can provide a refuge; for a community, they provide a meeting place for like-minded people; and for the wider population, they provide an alternative source of information to the mass market chain bookstores. . . . The chain stores and the Internet are winning the price war, but still, the spirit of resistance fights on. It is a fight in which our future literary culture may rest. The removal of these shops would damage the opportunities for upcoming writers and make our cities a little more lifeless.”–Alan Perkins in Seven Magazine, writing about City Lights Books, San Francisco, Calif., and Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France

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