I seldom visit such stores, or any bookstores for that matter. I wandered about, browsing with nothing in mind and finding precisely that – nothing. Not once was I tempted to make a purchase. I wondered at all the seeming bounty – tens of thousands of titles, and almost nothing worth reading. It was like visiting a friend who has cable television.
I have cable television. My former job made some acquaintance with pop arts necessary. The funny thing is, I almost never turn on the TV except to watch a film. As for bookstore inventory, well, I saw what came into my office.