Yesterday Eric Alterman, the historian and journalist who blogs at Media Matters, linked to yet another frightening article about the collapse of the book business in the USA this fall. Nobody's buying books, they said.
I had just returned from shopping at my local bookstore, where the cash register was ringing non-stop. Alterman printed my letter about it today:
Shop the Laurel District, and stop by Laurel Books, MacArthur Boulevard @39th Avenue, Oakland, CA! Buying local books means supporting your neighborhood and city. Defend civilization: buy a book!