I don’t want to spend time doing something or anything, let’s just go digital.
Someone said that to me recently, and I could not understand it. It seems like the world has become reliant on delivery and instant gratification with minimal effort. Contrary to modern times, I still really love going to bookstores to slow things down. It’s always fun going with someone, wandering through the aisles, seeing what books spark people’s interest and getting to share thoughts and what’s popular. I like the way the weight of the book feels like in your hand and getting to read the inset or covers and see the author’s photographs, even if I already have a pile of about 20 books at home that I’ve bought that I haven’t had time to read yet.
Buying a book for fun just feels like a promise to yourself to someday be the holder of this knowledge or story and maybe that it will change your life. Or maybe it’ll just sit on the shelf collecting dust until you donate it away, who knows what the future will bring, but the future is better with books.
The Last Bookstore is one such beautiful space to be able to peruse. The building itself is contradictory in that it’s a behemoth of a space, and yet simultaneously feels cosy. It’s decked out with warm brown leather couches, different themed areas, and book inspired artwork fill the space.
On the upper level there are a bunch of stores with cute things for sale.
If you get a chance to visit you should.
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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