Borders is Closing
Borders, the bookstore chain, is closing. There is one store left in Dallas. Last Christmas I was given a gift card. Better use it.
So I go today, Friday, and the place is packed. Everything there is 10-40% off. I usually don't much like new bookstores or new books, I'm so used to used books that I prefer them, broken in and read. But surely I can find something here.
I work through the crowd and begin to look. There are rows of magazines, but they are mostly mainstream, mostly ads, and surprisingly expensive. There are gift books but nothing that interests me. There are business how-to books, but none of them give the advice to first lobby the government for special treatment! The kids books are too much Disneyfied and there are Princess stuff all over. There are a lot of kiosk gizmos everywhere, and on them phones are ringing constantly. I'm temped to answer them.
There is a sizable religious section but its empty, the literary section is empty too but not of people. There are a lot of the new 'lit' with its convoluted writing style where it's good writing, but horrible reading; there are extras that aren't books like videos and CD's but little outside of the corporate mainstream; cards, calendars, and some gifts.
I also notice what there isn't. There is no place to sit - no comfortable chairs to sit and read. There is not the lived in friendly aspect of a good used bookstore - just clutter from shoppers picking over what's left.
There is a long line and I get in it with my purchase. When it's my turn, the clerk rings me up, I pay with my gift card, find I have a few dollars left and hand the card to the guy behind me. Then before I go I mention to the clerk that I wish her and the others the best, I have helped close bookstores too and its tough when you know you are loosing your job.
Then I walked out of the bookstore with my purchase - $23 worth of chocolate candies.
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