Click image to order
Never miss a post
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries


« "Moses Supposes" (by Laura Orem) | Main | Our Miss Brooks, Queen of the Silence (by Mitch Sisskind) »

July 21, 2009


Great post. One of my regrets in life is that I never got to step inside Shakespeare and Company (although I do have a poster).

Thank you for telling this story! You are always such a remarkable story-teller--returning history and herstory in a way that makes it real.

I'd like to thank Laura Orem and Jenny Factor for their very kind words.


Just came across this. Never had the fortune of visiting Shakespeare & Company. Closer to home, my godfather (yes I was one of the few Jewish kids with a godfather) Ted Wilentz owned the Eighth Street Bookshop with his brother and I spent many hours there. Later I discovered Gotham Bookshop on 47th Street.

Thanks to Lee Marc Stein for his comments. The Eighth Street Bookshop was the place where Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan first met.

Oh, the bookstores of the past, and how badly we miss them! As a junior in college I had a very chic girlfriend who wore black and felt that an excellent Saturday night date entailed taking the subway to 8th Street and visiting the fabled bookstore. I discovered Apollinaire's "Alcools" there that night. Do others associate a certain book or discovery with the bookstore where it was bought or made? To Shakespeare & Co in Paris, I owe my initial acquaintance with Robert Musil's "Man Without Qualities." Love at first sight. I sat there reading volume 1 for three or four hours and was invited to spend the night on a couch if I didn't have somewhere to go to.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

click image to order your copy
That Ship Has Sailed
Click image to order
BAP ad
"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


  • StatCounter