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Monday, June 13, 2005

We Should Be So Lucky

Grisham or Euripides?

Cheever or cheesecake?

A new bookstore such as the latest Barnes & Noble behemoth -- 36,000 square feet spread out across two floors -- that opened a week and a half ago in the Loop neatly encapsulates the 21st Century booksellers' problem: Is it all about the classics -- or the cappuccino?


  • I walk into a bookstore in Penang (Malaysia), scan the racks, and start drooling. (No, no.. not those racks, I meant book racks). After drooling, I go near the bestseller rack (shamelessly), and grab the illustrated Da Vinci Code. You know, just to feel it and see some pictures. Three people rush at me from various directions - "You want this sir?" ...

    "Umm.. no. I'm just browsing...," I say and start looking at the book. And I realize with a start - they had wrapped the book in clear plastic...

    Thanks, but I'll take a Barnes and Noble anyday.

    By Anonymous Karthik, at 3:53 PM  

  • One was recently gifted a copy of 'The Illustrated Da Vinci Code'...please take it off my hands...

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 6:06 PM  

  • Hmm... I have to defend myself against slander :) What would one have done if he was offered a choice between the Da Vinci Code, a Gossip Girl Book, Angels and Demons and several titles in Bahasa?

    Hey, you want my mailing address? Heard the "Illustrated ..." sells for good money on ebay.

    By Blogger Karthik, at 8:12 PM  

  • I actually went to the aforesaid store yesterday. Having been certainly blacklisted by Borders for denying them approximately $1500 in forgone sales revenue, I am playing it safe by spending time with their crosstown rivals.

    Though, I do assuage my guilt by buying large quantities of overpriced coffee and high-calorie cheesecake.

    By Blogger Gamesmaster G9, at 1:53 AM  

  • G9: One does exactly the same thing at the Mumbai Crossword.

    Karthik: Given the other titles on offer, your choice was wise :)

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 8:13 AM  

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