Borders

Feb. 28th, 2011 09:12 am
michaeldthomas: (Argghh!)
I'm going to miss our local Borders. It was the centerpiece of our life in DeKalb for our first few years here. I'll admit, we stopped going there about a year ago. Once they purged their in-store inventory and made the staff push certain books (no, we're really not interested in a copy of Meyer's The Host), it just made us feel sad.

When Borders first opened in Naperville when I was in my late teens, I felt the surge of true love. For the first time in my bibliophilic life, I had a bookstore that actually sold the books I wanted buy. Not mention the videos and CDs! The prices weren't great, but I could find amazing things.

I never felt that way about Barnes & Noble. It always felt more corporate and sterile to me.

I was also never a great lover of independent bookstores (except for some used bookstores and Pages for All Ages in Champaign/Savoy)). I rarely lived near one, and most of them never sold things I wanted to buy. I wasn't one who lamented when the boxstores put the crappier ones out of business.

After years of mismanagement chronicled throughout the web, Borders has declared bankruptcy and our local store is one of the first to die in a giant wave of store closures. Lots of good people are out of work and a tactile way of shopping is gone from my life (I'm sucking it in and shopping at B&N now).

Amazon is convenient, but it will never replace the experience of browsing a shelf and discovering a treasure.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
It's been a busy week on the phone. For the past couple of days, it seems like everybody I know has been in some sort of crisis that they needed to talk about. I'm glad to be a sympathetic ear, but I am really drained today.

Here are a few things going on around here:

1- We had a very nice Mexican dinner this week with [livejournal.com profile] truepenny  and [livejournal.com profile] mirrorthaw . It proved to me once again that LiveJournal isn't a replacement for real face to face conversation. It was also great to hang out with them when there wasn't a convention going on around us.

2- [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne  just received her contributor copies of Special Collections 2.0. She is currently bouncing like a Tigger around her department.

3- Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne  and her books, there should be some Chicks Dig Time Lords news next week.

4-  The Cubs are still playing good baseball. 

5- I have a bunch of Doctor Who DVDs on the way.

6- I just received a short story rejection. I really didn't expect to crack that market. 

7- Caitlin is fine.
michaeldthomas: (YANA)
I am sitting here poking my daughter, Seizure McGulicuty, to keep her from falling back to sleep. I got very little writing done this morning. Caitlin woke up with a spasm at 6:15 AM. It was only for three minutes, but she’s now out of it. That pretty much, understandably, spoils my muse. I was able to flesh out the plotting of the next chapter in my novel, so that’s all good.

Lynne is only working this morning. She’s coming home this afternoon to help program the Dynavox with Caitlin’s Speech Therapist. It will be nice to have her home. It also gives me a chance to spend the afternoon at Panera doing revisions.

I’m currently reading through a new Mad Norwegian Press manuscript. It’s another hefty, quality book on Doctor Who that looks great.

Yesterday we had a nice evening out with our friends Sarah and David. Italian food and Borders are good for the soul. I finally got the new New Pornographers album. It is much gentler than the previous albums. I like it, but I really need to listen to it a few more times on the ole’ iPod to pick up its subtleties. Lynne picked up Dead Sexy by Tate Hallaway. She is becoming a giddy fangirl for this series. I’ve heard her recommend the first book, Tall, Dark & Dead, to a good dozen people.

Tomorrow is RAMP's Wheel-A-Thon. If any of our peeps are near DeKalb at 11 AM, please come out and walk/wheel with us. We are very proud of our little Grand Marshall, and it’s an important local organization. We certainly are very thankful for their educational advocacy. I can’t begin to tell you how important it is for there to be an organization that will help people with disabilities fight for their rights.

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