A eulogy for a bookstore

“There’s something about a bookstore, hard to put your finger on. You stroll into one with nothing particular in mind, and before you know it half the day’s gone. What have you done in all that time? Nothing — simply read a paragraph of this book, skimmed a chapter of that, made the acquaintance of a stray thought or two, and you leave at last feeling slightly disoriented; the familiar everyday world, for that final moment or two before the spell fades, seems a little transformed. Nowadays of course you can search for and buy any book you need online, but there is a peculiar state of bibliophilic reverie that only a bookstore can induce.”

Source: Japantimes.co.jp June 5, 2001

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