I know, I know and I’ve been told and asked “why do you still read “real” books?” my answer is simple; I don’t enjoy reading on my iPad :) I did try and I always end up closing it and opening my Facebook and instgram account instead and worst, online shopping haha.
Learn To Be Quiet
You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, just wait.
You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
I‘m not gonna say “I know, I know.” again haha but hey I do know how it feels to be in quiet mode, it’s healthy and unhealthy for your soul (soul, what?) ever have that feeling one Saturday morning and you’ve nothing else on mind to do but you want to accomplish something, you woke up, check your phone, no message, no missed call, some notifications from Facebook and almost the same newsfeed because you only follow thought catalog and ABS CBN, seriously it’s so amazing to have the freedom to choose, one or two likes on instgram haha, play music on spotify, watch some movies and one or two episode of Orange is the new black ughhh seriously, I need to go out and hear human voice out from my apartment, I need to see people haha and so I’m thankful when voila! I remembered one of Coco Quizon’s post when she was here in L.A., an unfiltered picture of books and from the comments (yes, i read some comments too haha) I learned that the picture was taken at Downtown, “the last bookstore” So on my first love’s 27th (huh, already? and it’s my turn next year holler) I decided to go out from my small place and brave the art of commuting- just for the sake of feeling the feeling of “Hey, i did something on my off from work.” haha. prfff “feeling, the feeling?” haha parang tagalog lang ah hay nahiya ako hindi ko kayang magpaka deep :) so, I checked the metro bus app on my phone and voila it’s just a 10 minutes ride from my place :) Let me share the pictures of my adventure.
I didn’t check the time when I arrived, and from the receipt I paid the two books I chose at almost 2 p.m so I guess I spent around 3 hours inside. I was surprised when I went inside “oh my gosh, after almost 24 months of staying here in L.A why only now?” haha what a surprise! wonderful surprise and discovery, finally I can change my routine of going to the Beverly side; I mean at Barnes and Noble (uh oh could it be the reason why i didn’t renew my membership in BN? yay) so, yehey! to new place, to new tambayan! (grin on my face)
From their website: http://lastbookstorela.com/about/
- The Last Bookstore, currently in our third incarnation, began in 2005 in a downtown Los Angeles loft. That was when owner Josh Spencer decided to take his decade of experience selling everything from cars to clothes on eBay and focus entirely on his first love: books. Our online business grew quickly along with the revival of downtown LA. When a small location in the Old Bank District at 4th and Main became available Christmas 2009, we jumped in and opened our doors to the public. The support from the community was overwhelming. Thanks, everybody!
- People seemed to especially enjoy selling their used books to us, as one of the last places in LA still buying books. Our inventory quickly overflowed the shelves, and at the end of our lease June 2011 the Last Bookstore moved to the 10,000 sq. ft location at 5th & Spring St. A record shop and coffee bar filled out the ground floor September, 2011. Most recently, we expanded another 6,100 sq. ft. by opening up the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore on our mezzanine level, with over 100,000 books all priced at one dollar each! Now we’ve become the largest independent bookstore in California buying and selling used & new books and records.
- The name was chosen with irony, but it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy as physical bookstores are dying out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books. With our constant turnover of stock, regular musical and literary events, vinyl LP and graphic novel shops, and the Spring Arts Collective sharing our space, we book-lovers at the Last Bookstore hope to last as long as we can in downtown LA’s vibrant new community. Join the cause! Buy, sell, trade, and above all read real books…before they’re gone.
So downstairs (photo above) is 10,000 sq. ft wide and on the second level is 6,100 sq. ft., the labyrinth- it’s like you’re inside a cave of books, neatly arranged, I didn’t sneeze :) I admire that they maintain cleanliness inside. For non-book lovers I guess they’ll find the place weird :) ahhh welcome to our world, world of book lovers, real books!
As you walk on this super amazing arranged-books like an alley you’ll see lots and lots of books and guess what? as mentioned on their website, they’re 1$ each. I didn’t see a 1$ book though because I was like a piece of cloth spinning around busy taking pictures (guilty) I didn’t take a selfie though I guess my shyness was ON that day :) I felt happy too when I saw kids inside, browsing books with their parents.
Looking at this photo (above) I guess the designer’s thought was “hey, open your books and fly away, fly away from realities of life and escape into every writer’s prolific, fascinating imaginations described in words.” (lol talking to myself here)
Or every chance I have. Right now, I’m reading this “Time Traveler’s wife” I don’t know why I chose this one I didn’t even read the back page I guess the cover was so appealing to my myopic eyes haha. The “Anne Frank diary” was a long time wish list for me to read and that’s why when I saw it I felt an “aha moment” feeling- this is mine :)
So that’s it for now. It’s time for me to “Remain sitting at your table and listen.” as ordered by Kafka. Time to remain on my bed and listen to my books :)
Happy reading people. Let’s support writers and read their work of art.