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February 26, 2012

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Excellent post. I recall once writing briefly about Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company in Paris, so I really do think it was great that you started off with such a wonderful tribute to bookstores. Welcome to Best American Poetry!

A great post and here's a great used bookstore on the lower eastside...66 Avenue A...646 370 1114 info@mastbooks.com

it's relatively new in the past year i think and has a great selection....

Thanks, Larry and Bill! I will have to check out the one you recommend, Bill. It's an important little map to keep in your head, the one with the bookstores. I have this image of Manhattan in the 60s with record stores and book stores abounding. It didn't used to seem far-fetched, but it gets harder to imagine over time, as the city landscape changes. Would like to know what the bookstore map looked like in 1967...

Thank you for this excellent post, Megin. Your image of Manhattan the 60s is not far off the mark. I still miss the old Eighth Street Bookshop.

Belatedly: there were whole used bookstore streets, actually! In the 1980s and 90s there were Amsterdam between 110th and 125th, Broadway between 72nd and 110th, 18th Street, St. Mark's Place between 1st and A, Seventh Street... A few over on West Fourth... And the meccas of Gotham Book Shop and the Strand. (The Argosy, sure, and what was that one in the Park Avenue plaza -- Chartwell? but they always had the feel of rare book dealers.)

The one-two punch of real estate and the Internet was pretty rough on book culture. But then where was I going to put all those books, anyway.

having never been, I love learning the picturesque history

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