Q Bookstore Musing

The bourgeoise, at least in the US, seem to get some kicks out of going to a bookstore that has not just books etc. but also a cafe. At a store like this, a patron can multitask: visit with a friend or sip latte or wine or listen to some music or a reading while perusing a book or magazine that s/he just bought or is thinking about buying.

These cafe bookstores do not seem to last as long as good bookstores that sell used books (that is, good used bookstores).

You can tell a good one by the musty atmosphere.

People who deeply love books deeply love a good used bookstore. The good ones seem to last forever.

Perhaps the problem even good cafe bookstores face is that too many of their patrons are one-night-standers when it comes to loving books. Too many are more interested in the tasks other than buying books that they might do at these stores.

I wonder if a good used bookstore with a cafe would be sucessful? I've never seen one.

Might having a cafe lead to too many serious booklovers being displaced by one-night-stand cafe types?

What other problems might there be?

C 2000
Tank recently found a new treasure trove. it's beautiful and dusty and cheap. in love with a new space... 000919
bethany i worked there because i loved you when i saw you
i quit there today and you said- now we can hang out more since you dont work for me
all this time and now he's excited
i would have a quit before i started
phil The cafe bookstores of which you speak are worthless. The best thing I could find was a scrabble dictionary. Everything else I could possibly want, they know about, and have it overpriced. They sell bookmarks, and computer stuff, and music, and magazines, and coffee, and jsut a bunch of crap. I would kill anyone in there, but when I go with my friend I just act nice, and get deeply confused about what is happening. I usually stay in just one spot by the magazines but somehow I still get lost in a daze. 020308
phil The one I am talking about is Barnes and Nobles, it's close enough to the mall. I am not however a book lover. I think my upbringing does have a lot to with it. And stores like these.
I am sure if I found a real bookstore, I would come buy later that night.
a thimble in time "Borders" is a ridiculous name for a bookstore. I think "Without Borders" captures the imaginative quality of books and makes far better conceptual sense. A bookstore should excite the mind by representing endless possibilities. Also, the fact that the corporate American bookstore caters to a 'multi-tasking consumer' is not the central problem. Rather, I think our real crisis occurs when this consumer expends more time perusing the music and movie section than he/she does searching for literature. 030616
girl_jane I wish there were a bookstore in Algona. I'd get a job there and love it. Instead of smelling of grease and smoke like I do now from my job at the truck stop, I'd smell like neeeew pages.

And I'd love it.
trixie books are friends not food

read david sedaris, funny, funny man
and sarah vowell or any other this_american_life person... skite i guess
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