Monday, January 12, 2009

Warehouse I Wish I Owned

When the Gotham Book mart closed, its inventory of rare and antiquiarian books were bought by their landlord and stored in a Connecticut warehouse— oh, how there are days I wish I could accidentally run across such a place in my travels and buy everything that I could carry. Those books have sat, waiting for action, for almost four years now, but something surprising has happened: purchased by the landlord as partial payment for lost rents for a tenth of their value, the Gotham's former inventory has just been donated to the University of Pennsylvania's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Lucky stiffs.

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