May 14, 2003

Powell’s Books is the archetypal independent bookstore, located in Portland. In addition to their endless collection of print and engaging interviews with writers, their staff has a great sense of humor. Here a few paragraphs of banter from their weekly newsletter, wedged in between book reviews and weekly discounts:

Please do not feed the vowels. They’ll be sitting down to dinner as soon as the newsletter is over.

Lean, leggy, lowercase l’s lounge on blankets atop the grass berm, basking in the late-afternoon sun. These l’s never miss a good- weather newsletter, but watch: they’ll pack up and leave any minute. As soon as the sun goes down, they’re gone.

Two young parents file out of the crowd, headed for the gates. The father carries one child asleep against his shoulder: it’s bedtime for the little one. Approaching the exit gates, an older sibling points to a gaggle of font milling around in front of the supply shed. He asks his mom, “Can I bring a G home?” The mother frowns. “If every little boy who came here took a letter home, there wouldn’t be enough left to make the sentences.”

This is why I love Powell’s.

PS. Almost forgot. Powell’s just churned out a great interview with Anne Lamott. Click here to check it out. It’s worth your time.

PPS. For a really excellent blog, go to


3 Responses to “”

  1. danielplanet Says:

    Ah, love Powell’s too.  Bought a nice fat cookbook when I visited.
    And Anne Lamott!  She’s refreshing.

  2. danaY Says:

    Anne with and “e”. maybe she’s a kindred spirit? I came across that title “Traveling Mercies”. ‘was thinking about checking it out. do you recommend starting with another one of her books instead?

  3. argonaut Says:

    Maybe we should ask danielplanet since he’s probably read ’em all!

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