so, I love this for purely personal & certainly fanciful reasons — with half the wall dedicated to well-stocked bookshelves and the other half dedicated to images & iconic fragments of art and popular culture, it struck me as the process of book-writing made manifest: all these myriad books surrounded by, fed by a swarm of people, ideas, art and culture. this was the history section (you can see the sign on the wall above the bookshelf) & when I saw this, my first thought was: this bookshop has it right. sometimes, to damnation with structuralism & postmodern theory & historicism & marxist class analysis & literary turns & grand overarching metanarratives: history is about people & what they do and think, and just once in a while, let that be enough.
August 14, 2007
bookporn #15: some bookstore, san francisco