As I was giving a little tour of McNally Jackson Books to a Californian, a New Jerseyite, and two Japanese, I brooded over the evidently unacceptable condition of the book. I complained about it several times in the European literature section, and the NJ friend suggested that I buy a new copy. And I would have, were it not for the staff member at McJ organizing the books in the section at the time. She took a quick glance at the book, said it’s okay—now it looks loved, and walked away. That got me thinking: about the books on my shelves; about my attitude toward them. Afterwards, I certainly couldn’t bring myself to get a new copy.
We are still unclear on the whole selling part of bookselling.
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