Concha Alos. Rey de gatos. Barral, 1972.
Etgar Keret. El campeón del mundo.
The delightful Mónica Guzmán sent me this piece she wrote about being a digital fanatic who also loves bookstores. I enjoyed it, but personally, I would take the conversation in a slightly different direction. Here’s an email I dashed off to her and then decided to share with you too:
“For me, it’s not about physical books, heft, weight, smell, whatever. It’s about a place to join like-minded people, including professional experts in book recommendation. It’s about a place that is not home or work, but also not a bar. A place to hear from authors, artists, activists, and talk to the people who also came to hear them — a shared set of values and culture that is free to join, but you can choose to support by spending a little more than amazon charges for a [physical or digital] book you may associate with an experience you had there as well as the book’s own content. It’s about keeping main streets in our neighborhoods, jobs and tax dollars in our communities, and yes, even just a place to take our children when it rains.”
Emiliano González. El discípulo: una novela de horror sobrenatural. Versión sin censura publicada en la Revista de la Universidad de México. Número 16, agosto de 1982.