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The most difficult question to answer is “what is your favorite book” because books are all different and are simply incomparable.
There were a couple of poignant articles recently in Harper’s and the New Yorker about Amazon, and the rise of Jeff Bezos from a mere book-assassin to all-round Monopoly Guy of Everything. It was really frightening, for a couple of reasons, and especially when coupled with this Radiolab about working conditions within Amazon storage facilities (hint: it involves the logic of “having ambulances parked outside is more cost efficient than proper ventilation”). As someone with little knowledge of economics/business (yeah, so my thesis was on french feminist linguistic movements), I can only comment on what it’s like to have to be roped in with these guys.
Book stores are dying. It’s true, and we’re killing them, just like we are killing our planet: with all the best intentions, or with simple ignorance. The people that come in to our store feel reverent, because we are one of the last of our kind. The reverence isn’t enough to pay the bills. So, we sell online.
You are one of our favorites, too!
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