This fall, the writer Ann Patchett did something radical. She opened a bookstore. This goes against the trend. The indie bookstores are practically extinct. I miss Flagstaff’s old landmarks, McGaugh’s Newsstand on Aspen, Aradia Books just across the tracks. I’m glad we’ve still got Starlight Books on Leroux.
I was thinking, if you want to buy your child a book for Christmas, what are the options? The big chain bookstores? I guess. The internet? Sure. Download Where the Wild Things Are and hand your kid a Kindle.