Coming from Doncaster AKA The Donx or to some, the “Donkey” (which is a pretty cool name) I am fascinated with bookstores, as my hometown never had one when I was growing up. I Know what you’re thinking, how can a town that wants to be a city and wants to have its own university NOT have a bookstore. My thoughts exactly. That’s why I helped get the Waterstones that exists now from last year – but it is still pretty mediocre. And if any of you guys know anything about the UK, you will know just how expensive the UK is, I can rarely buy the books from the store anyways. So I go to the bookstore and write them down and buy them off Amazon marketplace. Yeah, cheeky and exactly the reason why bookstores are going out of fashion, but New York doesn’t have this problem see.
They have a billion bookstores, all delightful and delicious on the readers palette. There is something for everyone! one dollar books, high brow literature second hand on the streets right outside of my apartment in Brooklyn. If I don’t fancy that then I can go 2 blocks round the corner of my Williamsburg ghetto apartment and go to another posey but very exciting bookstore that specialises in Art books and magazines. As you can imagine, I’m close to true love and pure devilish debt everytime I walk into that store.
If this isn’t enough stress on my wallet/bank balance / suitcase weight – in Manhattan lies Strands. 18 million books or whatever.
So today I spent an hour in the Arty williamsburg bookstore, and I found Art as Art writings by Ad Reinhardt – which is out of print/going rare for $17.50. I then told myself you know, pace yourself. I eyed up at least another 3 books that I could have bought there and then. I left to never look back and put these books into the back of my mind. On my way to buy my mom a gift, I saw an Indian resturant, 50% off at dinner. I’ve been craving Indian food for like 4 weeks, so I went in and it was niceee. And only cost $10 + tip. Then I persued my journey. I bought some art glasses from china town at $8 and my moms perfume in a store for $30. Then I bought some shorts for $12.50 at Old Navy (I love this store) Then I headed back up to Union Square, I bought 2 sketchbooks for $10 each – I LOVE them, and I dunno when I’ll be back in NYC. And I went to Strands to pass some time. Mannnn. I bought Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre; Basic Writings of Martin Heidegger and Ways of Seeing by John Berger – all for $20!!! That’s a BARGIN!!
Man I LOVE New York.
My bank balance does not.