Categorical conspicuity

On a visit to Dark Star Books and Comics in the village of Yellow Springs, Ohio, I noticed the display of a classification schema posted

Dark Star Classification System

in the store’s front window. I wasn’t thorough enough to check (or inquire) whether the categories pictured line up exactly with their in-store system, but I’m betting that this is more or less comprehensive. Isn’t it subtly awesome, this bibliotaxonomy on display? (It actually strikingly resembles the category- and tag-clouds embedded in the sidebars of blogs nowadays.) For numerous other reasons, I declare this book-store fantastic.

The small independent bookstore will probably always exist. Like an endangered species though, it is threatened. We hope that they will continue to continue to endure. Happy are those who support them.

From Dark Star that day I carried away an intact silver paperback of Norman Mailer’s Of a Fire on the Moon; hardcover 1st ed. Harry Mathews’ Cigarettes, deaccessioned from Greene County Public Libraries; a book-length history of Yellow Springs (where the hell is that book anyways?); a paperback of A Smuggler’s Bible; and a guide to the flora of the Glen Helen natural reserve, itself stunningly beautiful. What wonderful pickings!

I could care less if big book-seller chains (Chapters, Indigo, Barnes & Noble, etc.) continue to thrive, but when local used bookstores fold (so many have, so many still subsisting) the loss to interested browsers and collectors like myself is considerable and real.

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