Death of a Bookstore February 7, 2010Posted by Nina Rosenstand in Culture, Current Events, Nina Rosenstand's Posts.
Tags: used bookstores disappearing, Wahrenbrock's
Recently I blogged about the sad demise of used bookstores across the country. Now, for us San Diegans, it is hitting home: The most fascinating, thought-inspiring used bookstore in San Diego, Wahrenbrock’s, closed in 2009, and now the remaining inventory is being sold next weekend. Today’s article in the Union-Tribune illustrates some of the points I made in my previous post.
“The last time I saw it truly busy in here was in 1997 or so,” said Jeff Brehan, a friend of the Valverde family and a former Wahrenbrock clerk. “Chuck’s lament was that customers he used to see three times a week he’d barely see once a month.”
So here we are, with the ultimate treasure trove of books in San Diego abandoning us, because we abandoned it. And I feel guilty—because Jeff is talking about me (among others): if I, an intellectual whose business, and passion, it is to read, couldn’t even bother to come back to W. more than maybe two-three times a year lately, then how can I blame others?
I have a proposition for you good people reading this blog: we can’t save Wahrenbrock’s, but maybe there’s another used bookstore in your neighborhood? How about if you make a point of, maybe every 2-3 weeks, to go in there and look around, spend 20+ minutes, and buy a book? First ask if they have a Philosophy section. If they don’t, then buy a book, anyway. Maybe just a $2 crime novel. And then report in to this blogpost about what you bought, if it is in any way philosophically relevant—which just means that it will get your mind started with new questions. Let’s do it.