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Afternoon Delight: Borders is Gone, A Tiny Bookstore Lives On

by Jerome Weeks 22 Jul 2011 12:59 PM

Borders – once our second-largest bookstore chain – begins liquidating its last 399 stores today. So we thought we’d post this lovely encomium to what can still remain of the bookstore life.


Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re just back from lunch, but not quite ready to get back to work. Check back Monday at 1 p.m. for another one.

With the liquidation of the remaining 399 Borders bookstores set to begin today, we thought we’d post this lovely video by Andrew David Watson about one man’s devotion to the bookstore life. The owner of Brazenhead Books, Michael Seidenberg runs the tiny second-hand bookshop out of his New York apartment. In fact, it IS his New York apartment and its location is secret. You have to know someone who knows someone .. and even then, Seidenberg might not let you in, might ban you if you try to sell him some Da Vinci Code junk. On the other hand, he may well press on you some great volume you’ve never heard of but he feels sure could change your life.

This is the bookstore as haven and retreat, as provocation and meditation. A tiny temple of thought and art. Sort of like the great Scott McLemee‘s weekly column, where we found this video.