The Last Bookstore

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

While in downtown L.A. this weekend, we checked out a hip new shop called, ominously and ironically, The Last Bookstore.

The columns give away that this space formerly housed a bank.

We arrived in the middle of a poetry slam.

The girl on the right read hers from an iPhone. The name of her piece was (I shit you not) “Arts Discrimination.”

Everything on the top floor is $1.

Whimsical book art.

But the best thing were the cheap pulps I picked up. The dates ranged from the early 50s to the mid 60s.

I love my Kindle and buying books on Amazon as much as the next person, but spending an afternoon at a top-notch bookstore is always a civilizing experience. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.
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11 Responses to The Last Bookstore

  1. Epiminondas says:

    There is something very comforting about books, just being around them, surrounded by shelves full. Even trashy ones.


  2. Josh says:

    Thanks for loving the store! If you like pulp paperbacks, we’ve got boxes more that we’ll be putting out for sale gradually….


  3. Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

    “Indian Beef” sounds a heckuva lot better than “Arts Discrimination.”


  4. Toddy cat says:

    Those pulp covers are fantastic. As Kingsley Amis was so fond of pointing out, good pulp fiction is an art form all its own, and so are pulp covers.


  5. I didn’t see you pick up The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan. Fantastic find. That bookstore really is all it’s hyped to be.


  6. Christine says:

    Upbeat doom is the only attitude a bookstore these days should have, and this place seems to have that in spades. Thanks for the report!


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