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  1. Seven copies of The People’s Act of Love? Surely you intend to hold some sort of contest that I can win so you can mail me one. Right?

  2. The used-bookstores-go-horribly-wrong link (which concerns a private residence converted into an utterly chaotic “store”) brings to mind two stores which were similarly disheveled. One was Zimmerman’s Used Books in Louisville, which closed around 1983. The place, in business nearly a century, was almost impassable in its last couple of decades. But perhaps understandably so, since its owner was still running the place when he died at age 101 in 1976, and his son, who succeeded him until entering a nursing home when the store closed, was already suffering from Alzheimer’s when his dad was living. The advantage to the disorder, though, was that if one saw a book one wanted in there, it would still be there three years later – even a first edition of Beckett’s “Stories & Texts For Nothing” for $7. Another such example was a bookstore in downtown San Francisco – I forget the name – which I used to visit in the 1990s. It was as disorganized as the store described in the link, but instead of being in a house it was in a building that seemingly was the size of a 747 hangar.

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