The Book Store

In Dispatches from the Wild Wild East on January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

The last time I went back to the States for Christmas, I paid a visit to my local Barnes and Noble megastore chain.  There was a massive “Young Adult” section, comprising almost a quarter of the store’s shelf space, subdivided into smaller sections, like “Young Adult Adventure”, “Young Adult Mystery”, etc.  My favorite subsection was called “Paranormal Teenage Romance”, and it was full of factory series trying to capitalize on the Twilight fad.  This section probably contained a hundred or so books.  

Across the store, past Biblical and New Age sections (I’ll refrain from making an irreverent joke here.) was a section called “Philosophy”, containing a hundred or so books.  “Philosophy” was sandwiched between a section containing a hundred or so books on the impending 2012 volcano-people disaster/redemption and a shady bathroom area with a sign reminding customers not to take merchandise into the toilets.

Upon closer examination, “Philosophy” was full of colorful books like “The Philosophy of Batman Begins”, “Dr. House for Dummies”, and “Dexter and Free Will”.  I ultimately purchased Dan Dennett’s Darwin’s Dangerous Idea for about twenty-five dollars, Jurgen Habermas’s The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere for a rip-off price of forty dollars, and a Barnes and Noble publications’s full-color photo, oversized volume on anatomy and physiology on sale for only eight dollars.  These books are currently decorating my bookshelf until I overcome my crippling blog addiction.


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