Visiting B. Dalton at the NWA Mall on Saturday was a bittersweet experience. It was sort of nice because everything was 50% off, but of course the reason the prices were so low was that the store - after over 20 years of being in Fayetteville - was closing down.
Parent-company Barnes and Noble is shuttering all of its remaining B. Dalton locations.
I know that I am supposed to say a few words here about good riddance, and praise locally owned bookstores (which are also dropping like flies) but I just can’t find it in my heart to say anything snarky about the local B. Dalton. It may not have been a “locally” owned book store, but most of the folks I dealt with over the years have had strong ties to their community, and were a lot more knowledgeable about books than than employees in many other bookstores I have been in over the years.
Plus they always had my books on the shelves, which I’m always grateful for.
So I’ll miss you guys.
And shame on you, Barnes and Noble, for not being able to transfer any of these folks to your Fayetteville location - even though they probably have a lot more seniority (not that that counts for much in Arkansas) than a lot of your present employees.
One guy did get a transfer - to the Rogers location.
Quote of the Day
Men and women who would shrink from doing anything dishonorable in the sphere of personal relationships are ready to lie and swindle, to steal and even murder when they are representing their country. - Aldous Huxley
Local writer featured in book, The Worst Book I Ever Read
Local writer C.F. Roberts is one of the writers who has a piece in in the latest Undesirables collection; The Worst Book I Ever Read. It’s a nice essay on hack writers that I think many of us can relate to.
The book itself was the inspiration for the Internet question we did on this blog a couple of months ago. Read this book, and if it turns out you have ever bought any if these books as presents for others, go ahead and wallow in well-deserved guilt for a while.