Thursday, December 17, 2009
My swell little independent bookstore
I want to say a few words about Book Beat, Detroit's coolest independent bookstore. Okay, it's Detroit's only real independent bookstore. Sad, I know, but it's pretty much true. Regardless, it is an incredible store, full of many treasures. A huge selection of not only some of the most obscure and fascinating books, but also groovy DVDs and CDs, toys, folk art, cards, and even tiki mugs. Amazing.
I went there today to buy some gifts for friends for the holidays and walked out considerably poorer. But I found some great gifts. Here's a bullet point list of the cool stuff I got. I hope none of my prospective recipients read this.
• A DVD of an animated version of William S. Burroughs' "A Junkie's Christmas."
• Cd of Sufjan Stevens' "Greetings from Michigan."
• A DVD of the MC5 film "Kick out the Jams." by Lani Sinclair and Cary Loren (one of the owners of Book Beat).
• A small book of Glenn Barr's awesome paintings and drawings called "Sparrow."
• The Book of Cool by Marianne Taylor
• A novel by Dan Fante called "Chump Change."
• "The Rock & Roll Book of the Dead" by David Comfort.
• 4 incredible Tiki Farm Tiki mugs (I know, they're new, but Tiki Farm does make some the very best new tiki mugs out there).
• A book of Detroit Auto Show Images of the 1970s.
• "Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, and Madness by Matt Birkbeck.
A quick reminder that in these tough economic times, it's more important than ever to support the independent businesses in your area. They need your business.