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West Grove Collective: Bookstores a place of ideas

From The San Diego Union-Tribune:

While physical books may not continue to be the dominant form of media, it will be ever more important to encourage the habit of reading. We know that keeping up this soul-nurturing activity will be more of a challenge as time goes on. For those of my generation who read anywhere and everywhere as a child, even under the covers with a flashlight, if need be, there is no risk of losing the habit, because it is as natural and necessary as our morning tea.

We read to be entertained, to educate ourselves, to escape. Often, we read to find our own story — the thrill of finding characters we can relate to, learn from and live vicariously through. We read to answer unresolved questions and solve mysteries.

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While physical books may not continue to be the dominant form of media, it will be ever more important to encourage the habit of reading. We know that keeping up this soul-nurturing activity will be more of a challenge as time goes on. For those of my generation who read anywhere and everywhere as a child, even under the covers with a flashlight, if need be, there is no risk of losing the habit, because it is as natural and necessary as our morning tea.

We read to be entertained, to educate ourselves, to escape. Often, we read to find our own story — the thrill of finding characters we can relate to, learn from and live vicariously through. We read to answer unresolved questions and solve mysteries

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3 Comments to “West Grove Collective: Bookstores a place of ideas”

  1. I’m guessing these guys haven’t heard of that there internet thingy …

    Once I had a dial-up connection I found plenty of writers more than happy to share their work and show me new places and people (and planets and universes), all in their own words.

    Now a days you have to search a little harder because you can get lost in the haystack. But I can look around quicker online than I can in any bookstore (and many bookstores get upset if you try reading a few pages of a book to see if you might like it enough to buy it.)

  2. There’s plenty of non-book stuff scattered around too. Yelp categorizes it not only as bookstore, but woman’s apparel and home decor. A look at the other businesses in the development shows how they fit in… http://www.southparksd.com/shopping.html

    If you visit their website, variants on the word “curate” show up all over. The key, of course, is whose stuff they curate. From a 2015 article…

    One tentatively scheduled in-store event, suggested by West Grove’s Penguin Random House sales representative, is a rep picks discussion on upcoming seasonal picks that will be open to other local booksellers.

    They’re still there, so more power to ’em.

  3. Why does ‘reading’ seem to require ‘physical’ books? I know I’m old and crotchety, but I do just fine with my laptop, or phone, or Kindle. Heavens above, I even read a book once in a while.

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