Books & Bookstores / Libros y librerías

How about pausing from your daily frenzy?. Read a book! Better than watching TV or browsing the Internet.

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Books arrangement at "The Last Bookstore", downtown, Los Angeles, California

Books in a bookcase at “The Last Bookstore”, downtown Los Angeles (2016)

(versión en español abajo) In this era of information super-highways and the immediacy of data access, books may seem like a thing of the past. The act of fully reading -not just skimming through- a book from page one to the very last page may be construed by most as a waste of time and a boring enterprise. And yet, contrary to experts predictions , books and bookstores have somehow survived the Internet years. By taking in the carefully crafted work of an author, some of us are able to slow down the frenzy of this schizophrenic world of ours, a world that divides our attention infinitesimally every time. I have been a ghostly inhabitant of bookstores and libraries during most of my adult years. I confess, they make for great hangout spots. Coupled with a cup of coffee, a trip to a bookstore is an uplifting experience, much better than browsing the Internet*

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Pablo reads “Harry Potter”, Ponca City, Oklahoma (circa 2005)

En esta era de super autopistas informáticas y de la inmediatez en el acceso a la Internet, los libros parecen dinosaurios de un pasado lejano.  El acto de leer un libro, de cabo a rabo (no simplemente hojearlo) es considerado por muchos hoy en día como una pérdida de tiempo y una promesa de aburrimiento sin límites. Sin embargo, en franca oposición a predicciones de expertos en el tema, los libros y las librerías han sobrevivido todos estos años de Internet. Al absorber el cuidadoso trabajo de un autor de libro, burlamos el desenfreno que caracteriza este mundo esquizofrénico en el que estamos sumergidos, un mundo que divide nuestra atención una y otra vez en pedacitos infinetesimales. Confieso que he sido y sigo siendo un habitante fantasmagórico de librerías y bibliotecas. Añado, además, un secreto:  estos lugares son perfectos para pasar un rato agradable. Con la compañía de una taza de café y con el olor de la tinta fresca y las páginas nuevas, el espíritu se regocija *

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With Liz in “Full Circle” Bookstore, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2012) – photo by Henry

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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