People who get to know me know that I love reading, and I also love music, and my favourite place to shop for either is at a shop with used merchandise. One thing I often wonder while looking though the stacks is "what made someone buy this." Sometimes it's because the work in question is, in my opinion, awful to the point of hilarity but other times I just wonder what was going on in the previous owner’s life when they decided to buy, or sell, this gem.
On that note I saw this on the BookFinder.com insider list yesterday and I thought I would share it, Bruce from Double-B-Books wrote that while cataloguing a stack of books which had just come into his shop he found the following note that the former owner had written:
I cannot think of another "thing" which people form such a close personal bond with, other than books. I too have found notes like this, none as powerful mind you, but I think this is why I feel that a good used book store is so irreplaceable. When you walk in, not only are you face to face with repository of knowledge and entertainment but at any moment you can stumble upon a small window into the life of a complete stranger who had something in common with you.