Thursday, December 15, 2011

I wanted a bookstore because the book business is the business of life

So said George Whitman, the owner of Shakespeare and Company, the famous Parisian English-language bookstore. Whitman died this week, at the age of  98. You can read his obituary here. I visited Shakespeare and Co. nearly thirty years ago and still remember it like a dream.

Thanks to T. Clear, I watched this fascinating video about Whitman and his bookstore -- if you're interested in literature and Paris and strange casts of characters, watch it -- the end is particularly wild.


  1. I just read about his death in the paper. I am jealous that you got to go there.

  2. I love that quote. For as long as I can remember, if I ever owned a small business, I have wanted it to be a bookstore, complete with cushy chairs and coffee and tea and yummy snacks. I would leap out of bed to go to work every day!

  3. there was a shakespeare and company in new york before barnes and noble opened a block away and put it out of business.

    how i loved that store. i never visited the one in paris, but i know i would love it too.

  4. That looks like my idea of heaven.

  5. Oh! Thanks for the shout out!

    Glad you enjoyed the film -- it's really a little treasure, isn't it?




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