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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello Dear Please Help Me Out

Greetings My Dear One

With due respect i want you to spare little of your time and carefully read my mail because i am writing this  mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. Please if for any reason you find this mail offensive you  can ignore it and do accept my apology for any inconvenience it may have cost you to read. I contact you after going through your profile and my prayers over it in my search for a honest and trusted one for help.

My name is Miss Lydia Kipkalya Kones, 24yrs old female from Kenya. I am the only daugher of Hon Dr. Kipkalya Kones the former Kenyan Road Minister who died in a plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th, June, 2008. You can read more about the crash with the link below:

My predicaments started after the death of my father. After the burial of my father, my stepmother and uncle conspired and sold my father's properties to foreign expert rate which they shared the money among themselves and left nothing for me. I lost my mother long time ago, and since then i have been through hard times in the hands of my step mother, it has been so tough and sufferings for me since the death of my late parents.

Before my father's death, he told me that he made a fixed deposit of the sum of Seven Million Two Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($ in one of the Banks here in Burkina Faso, with my name the beneficiary, I travelled down to Burkina Faso and confirmed his statement positively from the bank. But on my arrival to the bank, the Bank Director who I meet in person told me that my father's instruction to their bank was that the money would only be release to me when i present a foreign trustee who will assist me in the transfer process and also for the investment of the fund oversea

I decide to contact you personally seeking for your urgent assistance in transferring of my inheritance fund into your bank account and also for investment assistance in your country as my appointed trustee as the bank request, the bank said that they must keep to my late father's instruction on the deposit of the fund and immediately get a foreign partner who will assist me, they shall not delay in the transfer of the fund considering my present condition over here.

I have suffered lots of set back as a result of my parents death and am counting on you to rescue me from my present condition here over here and give me a better living over there in your country.At the success of the fund transfer in your account, I decide offering you 30% of the total funds for your kind help. I will be waiting for your urgent reply so that i will send you more details regarding the transfer.

Please do keep this only to yourself till the fund is successfully transferred to you. I beg you not to disclose it till i come over because I am afraid of my wicked stepmother who has threatened to kill me and have the money to herself, I am lucky today that am out from my country Kenya and am now in Burkina Faso where my late father deposited the money and i have been confirmed by the bank with the documents i have at hand for the transfer, after i receive your reply, in my next mail to you i will give you more details and send you my picture.  I am waiting to hear from you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely
Lydia Kipkalya

Friday, October 3, 2014

October at The Regulator!

This month we're talkin' poverty, doctoring, preaching..and being Howard Fuller
In the coming weeks we bring to town authors talking about their lives--being poor, being a doctor, being a minister...and being Howard Fuller. See below for more on Linda Tirado, (Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America), Terrence Holt (Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories) and Jimmy Creech (Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays).

As for Howard Fuller, the photo below comes from 1968, when he was leading a march through downtown Durham in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King. Fuller is looking anxiously at some white men with rifles who are following the march from adjoining rooftops, unsure whether they were police or members of the klan. At the time, Howard Fuller was a community organizer and activist in Durham, and, as he says in the book, (without exaggeration, in my opinion) "one of the most hated Black men in North Carolina." I had a couple of conversations with Howard Fuller back then, and I remember that he was well worth listening to. I'm sure he still is. Come hear Howard Fuller talk about his memoir, No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior's Life From Black Power to Education Reform, Monday October 13th.

Upcoming Events:


Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.

From the author of the eye-opening and controversial essay on poverty read by millions on the Hand to Mouth Huffington Post ("This is Why Poor Peoples Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense" ) comes Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, the real-life Nickel and Dimed. In this memoir, Linda Tirado details life for the working poor in America.. Linda Tirado, in her brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of our preconceived notions of poverty and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two) but what poverty is truly like-on all levels. In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should."



Wednesday, October 8, 7p.m.

In Diane Chamberlain's "absorbing and haunting" novel The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager (Booklist).  Now, over twenty years later, she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out her recently deceased father's house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain. Diane Chamberlain is the international bestselling author of twenty-two novels. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.



Saturday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a special edition of storytime with children's book author and teacher Ellen Fischer. Ellen will read from her bookIf an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant. Would an armadillo order spaghetti and meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! She'd want a plate of ants and worms. Through a series of questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat. This special storytime is geared towards children aged 2-6. Ellen Fischer lives in North Carolina.



Monday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.

Join us to welcome Dr. Howard Fuller, an important figure in the education reform debate, as Howard Fuller he shares his latest memoir, No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform. Dr. Fuller is the Distinguised Professor of Education and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. The mission of the Institute is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children, while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children. Immediately before his appointment at Marquette University, Dr. Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools June 1991 - June 1995. In the mid and late 1960s Howard Fuller was a community organizer and activist in Durham.    




Tuesday, October 14, 7 p.m.

Intensely realized, gently ironic, heartfelt and heartbreaking, Terrence Holt's latest offering, Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories,is an account of what it means to be a doctor, to be mortal, and to be human. Out of the crucible of medical training, Holt shapes this Terrence Holt stunning account of residency, the years-long ordeal in which doctors are made. "Amid all the mess and squalor of the hospital, with its blind random unraveling of lives," Internal Medicinefinds the compassion from which doctors discover the strength to care. Holt's debut collection of short stories, In the Valley of the Kings, was praised by the New York Times Book Reviewas one of "those works of genius" that "will endure for as long as our hurt kind remains to require their truth." Now he returns with Internal Medicine-a work based on his own experiences as a physician- offering an insider's access to the long night of the hospital, where the intricacies of medical technology confront the mysteries of the human spirit. The "book illuminates human fragility in tales both lyrical and soul-wrenching" (The New York Times). Holt is an assistant professor of medicine at UNC- Chapel Hill.



Wednesday, October 15, 7p.m.

Join us for our fourth Young Adult Book Club meeting! Come for vibrant discussion of all things YA, stay for the delectable homemade brownies. This month we're reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. Led by Katrina (of The Regulator) and Isabel (of Tween2Teen Books).



Wednesday, October 15, 7p.m.

Join us to welcome Jimmy Creech as he shares his memoirAdam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastors Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays. In the book, Creech, then a United Methodist Minister, was visited by a parishioner who revealed he was gay and was leaving the church due to discrimination by the church against gay and lesbian members. Following his conversations with "Adam", Creech determined that the church was mistaken, that scriptural translations and interpretations had been dangerously distorted. As a Christian, Creech came to believe that discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people was morally wrong. This understanding compelled him to perform same-gender commitment ceremonies, in conflict with church directives. Creech was tried twice by The United Methodist Church, and, after the second trial, his ordination credentials were revoked. Adam's Giftis a moving story and an important chapter in the unfinished struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil and human rights. Creech is now retired and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.



Monday, October 20, 7 p.m.

Health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces in Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High Fat Diet to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet-one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats. Moore and Westman clearly explain why ketosis is normal, how this nutritional approach is being used therapeutically by many medical professionals, a step-by-step guide to help you produce more ketones and track your progress, and success stories of people using a ketogenic diet. Eric C. Westman MD, MHS is Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic Jimmy Moore is the personality behind the popular Livin' La Vida Low- Carbblog and host of one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin' La Vida Low- Carb Show.



Tuesday, October 21, 7 p.m.

David Need, Duke Professor, offers a translation of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke's French language sequences in his book Roses: From the Late French Poetry of Ranier Maria Rilke. Written over the last four years of his life, the poems were a new beginning for Rilke following the completion of the Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus. Less often translated than his other work and, in general brief, the work nevertheless carries forward the aesthetic project of his major work in German. The translation of the posthumously published sequence Les Roses is offered here alongside an accompanying set of pen and ink drawings by Clare Johnson. Also included is translator David Need's essay on the motif of the rose in Rilke's poetry, as well as a translation of numerous German language poems in which Rilke turns to and stages the figure of the rose-that thing that we are like that is both impossibly interior, and yet also thrown out into and at stake in the world.



Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance

Countries rarely design international organizations alone. Instead, negotiations usually involve international bureaucrats employed in preexisting organizations. To unveil these overlooked but pivotal players,Organizational Progenyuses new data on nearly 200 intergovernmental organizations and detailed accounts of the origins of prominent and diverse institutions - the World Food Program, United Nations Development Program, International Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Financial Action Task Force, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. When international bureaucrats have a say, they often strive to insulate new institutions against the usual control mechanisms by which states steer, monitor, or reverse organizational activities. Tana Johnson is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.



Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Scott Hilton Davis, publisher at Jewish Storyteller Press and former executive producer at UNC-TV, will be in the store to talk about Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers, for which he wrote the introduction. Memories and Scenesis the first English translation of eleven autobiographical short stories by 19th-century Yiddish writer Jacob Dinezon. In this collection, Dinezon recalls his childhood years in the shtetl, the unusual and memorable characters he encountered along the way, and the events that led to his passion for becoming a writer. Dinezon was a friend and mentor to almost every major Jewish literary figure of his day, including Sholem Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim), I. L. Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, S. An-ski, and Abraham Goldfaden. He played a central role in the development of Yiddish as a modern literary language. Scott Davis's career spans more than 30 years in public broadcasting. He has worked as a producer and director for public television stations and networks in California, New York, Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina.


Learn more about these and all of our upcoming events by visiting    the events calendar on our web site.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

There's music in the air--and at The Regulator


Music and Authors--together! 

We've got a couple of upcoming events where you can hear wonderful live music, learn about the music, and buy beautiful books about the music. If you like Southern blues or traditional Southern mountain music, you are not going to want to miss these evenings.


First, this Friday at 7:00 we will be hosting Timothy and Denise Duffy to celebrate the Music makers publication of their brand new book, We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America's Music. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Durham's own acoustic blues legend John Dee Holman. The Duffys' Music Maker Relief Foundation has been helping improve the lives of Southern blues musicians since 1994, and We Are the Music Makers showcases dozens of the musicians they have been involved in helping. Its the first book I've ever seen with quotes on the back from Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, and Taj Mahal! See for more.


Then on Wednesday October 1st, Fiona Ritchie, the host of NPR's "The Thistle and Wayfaring Strangers Shamrock," comes to town from Edinburgh, Scotland to talk about her new book, Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. Ritchie will be joined by her co-author Doug Orr, President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College, and by the musical duo Little Windows (Mark Weems and Julie Glaub) for an evening of music, storytelling, and a fascinating look at the roots of the music of our Southern mountains. Wayfaring Strangers, a beautiful and informative book, comes with a 20 track CD with music from folks like Doc Watson, Pete Seeger and Dolly Parton. Please note that this event will be held at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Avenue, 7:00 p.m.


James Brown and Clyde Edgerton

While we are on the subject of music, the new film about James Brown, "Get On Up," reminded me of Clyde Edgerton's great 2011 novel, The Night Train, which centers around a band of white teenagers who in eastern North Carolina in 1963, learn, note by note, Brown's seminal 1963 release, Live at the Apollo. A bit of a scandal erupts when the white kids perform some of Brown's music on a live radio show. The Night Train makes an excellent follow-up for anyone who liked "Get On Up," and gives yet another view of the power of music.

Wolf in White Van rolls into Durham

Durham songwriter John Darnielle's new novel, Wolf in White Van, has been getting lots of media attention in the last few days. He was on NPR's "Weekend Edition" show on Sunday: His book was reviewed on the NPR web site here: And he was interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air" here: 


Here's the ending of the NPR review: "John Darnielle is a great songwriter, tipping light toward every kind of human suffering, and his powers are on full display in Wolf in White Van. The prose lives like Sean's imagination: a breathing, growing thing. In Darnielle's novel, as in his songs, the monstrously true and unbelievably beautiful press up against one another. Together, they begin to dance."


John Darnielle will read from and talk about his new book tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7:30 at Motorco Music Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are $5.00 and are good for $5.00 off the purchase of the book.

Upcoming Events:


Motorco Music Hall - please note the location

Thursday, September 18, 7:30 p.m. - please note the time

Admission is $5 - good for $5 off the price of the book

Join us for a night to celebrate the literary talents of Durham's own John Darnielle. Known for his work as the lead singer and and songwriter for The Mountain Goats, Darnielle shows us a new side in his debut novel Wolf in White Van. Praised as inspiring "gasps of reflection and astonishment and gratitude" Wolf in White Van unfolds in reverse until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax (John Hodgman). Isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. As the creator of Trace Italian-a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail-Sean guides players from around the world through intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. John Darnielle is a writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats; he is widely considered one of the best lyricists of his generation.



Friday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.

We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of American Music  

is the result of Tim Duffy's 20 years of work with roots musicians of the American South at the Music Maker Relief Foundation. After founding Music Maker in 1994, Tim and wife Denise have traveled throughout the South photographing and recording musicians hidden by poverty and geography. The Foundation works to assist these musicians in earning an income from their work, while booking them gigs, sharing their music with the world and also helping to alleviate their poverty by providing artist grants through their sustenance program. This release is a followup to 2002's Roots of America. We Are the Music Makers features over 65 photographs taken by Tim Duffy over the past 20 years, along with the stories and songs from these musicians. Bonnie Raitt praises the book as showing the "deep love and dedication the Duffys have for both preserving traditional Blues culture" and the musicians who make it. Durham acoustic blues legend John Dee Holman will provide musical accompaniment.



Monday, September 22, 7:00 p.m

Years from now, America is slowly collapsing. Crops are drying up and oil is running out. People flee cities for the countryside, worsening the drought and opening the land to crime. Amid the decay, Above All Men's veteran protagonist David Parrish fights to keep his family and farm together. However, the murder of a local child opens old wounds, forcing him to confront his own nature on a hunt through dust storms and crumbling towns for the killer. Shonkwiler's writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. Eric will be joined by two local writers, Belle Boggs and Alice Osborn. Belle Boggs is the author of Mattaponti Queen, which Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Award and was Kirkus Review's Top Fiction Debuts for 2010. Poet Alice Osborn's latest collection is After the Steaming Stops. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her previous collections are Right Lane Ends and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the short fiction anthology, Tattoos, and the forthcoming, Homes.



Wednesday, September 24, 7 p.m.

Acclaimed novelist Wiley Cash returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance. Set in western North Carolina, This Dark Road to Mercy involves two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins. Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go. Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.



Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.

Black women are strong. At least that's what everyone says and how they are constantly depicted. But what, exactly, does this strength entail? And what price do Black women pay for Too Heavy it? In Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, Chanequa Walker-Barnes, a psychologist and pastoral theologian, examines the burdensome yoke that the ideology of the Strong Black Woman places upon African American women. She demonstrates how the three core features of the ideology-emotional strength, caregiving, and independence-constrain the lives of African American women and predispose them to physical and emotional health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and anxiety. She traces the historical, social, and theological influences that resulted in the evolution and maintenance of the Strong Black Woman, including the Christian church, R & B and hip-hop artists, and popular television and film. Drawing upon womanist pastoral theology and twelve-step philosophy, she calls upon pastoral caregivers to aid in the healing of African American women's identities and crafts a twelve-step program for Strong Black Women in recovery. Walker-Barnes holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and an M.Div. from Duke University. She is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University.



Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m.

Interested in learning more about the paleo diet? Learn how to incorporate this growing food trend into your diet with nutritionist Leanne Ely. While it has many benefits, getting started can be intimidating and confusing. In Part-Time Paleo, nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author Leanne Ely helps remove those obstacles. In her book, she addresses how to equip and stock your kitchen for success, how to simplify life with menu planning, encourages using slow cookers, and provides dozens of delicious gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. Part-Time Paleo makes going Paleo fun, easy, and delicious. Leanne Ely, CNC, is a nutritionist and author of six published books, most notably Body Clutter and the Saving Dinner series. She writes "The Dinner Diva" column which is syndicated in 250 newspapers and runs the site. She also contributes to Marla Cilley's


FIONA RITCHIE AND DOUG ORR with musical guests Julee Glaub Weems and Mark Weems

Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. at Motorco Music Hall - please note the venue

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the southern Appalachian region. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a carrying stream that merged with sounds and songs of English, German, Welsh, African American, French, and Cherokee origin. Their enduring legacy of music flows today from Appalachia back to Ireland and Scotland and around the globe. In Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change.


From ancient ballads at the heart of the tradition to instruments that express this dynamic music, Ritchie and Orr chronicle the details of an epic journey. Enriched by the insights of key contributors to the living tradition on both sides of the Atlantic, this abundantly illustrated volume includes a CD featuring 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book, including Dolly Parton, Dougie MacLean, Cara Dillon, John Doyle, Pete Seeger, Sheila Kay Adams, Jean Ritchie, Doc Watson, David Holt, Anais Mitchell, Al Petteway, and Amy White.

Fiona Ritchie is the founder, producer, and host of National Public Radio's The Thistle & Shamrock®; she was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2014. Doug Orr is president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, where he founded the Swannanoa Gathering music workshops.



Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Maurice Horwitz is a serial visitor to Durham, known as the "Diet Capital of the World." He first came as a "Ricer" in 1981 and returned a few times. He's also been a frequent visitor over the past four years at Structure House. Horwitz has packed what he learned from his stays at these residential diet centers along with life experience into his debut self-help book, My Life As a Diet: Understanding and Healing for Never-ending Dieters. The book is for anyone struggling with weight issues or wanting to change their life for the better. Horwitz shares his simple yet powerful, transformational plan for healing and living a healthier life. Horwitz was born and grew up in Houston, Texas, where he resides most of the year. He has a Bachelor's in Theater Arts from the University of Houston, and a Master's in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.



Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.

From the author of the eye-opening and controversial essay on poverty read by millions on the Hand to Mouth Huffington Post ("This is Why Poor Peoples Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense" ) comes Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, the real-life Nickel and Dimed. In this memoir, Linda Tirado details life for the working poor in America.. Linda Tirado, in her brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of our preconceived notions of poverty and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two) but what poverty is truly like-on all levels. In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should."


Learn more about these and all of our upcoming events by visiting   the events calendar on our web site.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Why Indie Bookstores Are on the Rise Again'

"Independent bookstores never had to answer to the dictates of public markets. Many of their proprietors understood, intuitively and from conversations with customers, that a well-curated selection--an inventory of old and new books--was their primary and maybe only competitive advantage.... And while indies cannot compete with Amazon's inventory, Amazon evidently cannot supplant indies as shopping and social experiences.

"The independent stores will never be more than a niche business of modest sales and very modest profitability. But the same is true for many small businesses, which makes them no less vital.... The independents, meanwhile, offer something neither Amazon nor the chains can: attention to the quirky needs of their customer base. For the Upper West Side and thousands of other neighborhoods, those stores have turned out to be irreplaceable."
--Zachary Karabell in a Slate piece headlined "WhyIndie Bookstores Are on the Rise Again"