Last week the ace revolutionary bookstore, Babylon Falling, closed its doors in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. It was 2 years & a week strong. Owner Sean Stewart has shared his thoughts on the financial, systemic & personal factors that lead to the store’s closing. It is a powerful read & I won’t go into paraphrasis here.
I’m not de-linking BF just yet. Sean has plenty of material that he may be putting on the blog. Some things are more than bricks & mortar.
Here’s an example of Sean as the curatorial bookseller. It’s from the Owner’s Choice package he put together for me:
At the end of daybreak this land without a stele, these paths without memory, these winds without a tablet.
We would tell. Would sing. Would howl.
Full voice, ample voice, you would be our wealth, our spear pointed.
Aime Cesaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, p.17
As we say back home – Walk Good.