Friday, 16 December 2011

Portrait of a bookseller as a old man

Be not inhospitable to strangers 
Lest they be angels in disguise.

forging of a rebel

I never met him, but I know he was more than just that. More than an old man, more than a bookseller, I mean.
He made his bookstore a reflection of who he was, for better and for worse, a mirror of his ideas and ideals.
He created a place that, no matter its turning more and more into a spot on a tourist map, was unique, where literature matters and is more tangible than anything else.

When I said to my flatmate that I'm not on Facebook, he replied with a mixture of horror, contempt and disbelief: "So you don't exist!"

Boy, was he wrong!
I do exist, but I want more than that too. I do my best to live, live a good life, to feel alive. As alive as I felt, in a summer Paris afternoon, sitting on a bench outside "Shakespear & Co." on the Seine left bank.

la commedia degli errori

I never met you, but I shall miss you.
So long, George.


  1. If my memory serves me right, that very bookstore was featured in Woody Allen's latest movie (Midnight in Paris).

  2. Yep, and it was in "Before Sunset" too.