I took some time off from blogging and my dissertation yesterday for a second visit to the Borders on La Cieneg. The bookstore has slashed prices (4o% off on books) as it prepares to liquidate its stock, even its fixtures, before it closes its doors this coming Saturday, January 16.
Given my bibliophilia, I may even return again, expecting the management to reduce rates even further in the store’s final days. Today, I just “collected” books on CD as I usually buy a new one every time I prepare to head up to San Francisco to visit the most important person in the state. After my purchases today, I won’t have to for some time. Today, they had reduced most titles to $3.99, then discounted that price by 70%, meaning you could take home an audio book for $1.20.
I bought about 15 for a total cost less than I normally pay for one book, plus I tossed 7 or 8 copies of a reading of the Gordon translation of the greatest poem written in the first century of the Common Era into my shopping cart, wanting to share this great story with my friends. They can hear of the exploits of one of the greatest heroes of all time as they navigate Los Angeles traffic.
Oh and one audio CD that wasn’t selling, even at $1.20, Scott McClellan’s What Happened, a title which has long since outlived its publisher’s purpose. Obama’s Democrats notwithstanding, Bush-bashing no longer sells.