March 25, 2004


Hidden in the comments of Making Light is Tom Whitmore's announcement that The Other Change of Hobbit will be closing at the end of May this year.

This is a big deal for me, as you might expect from the passing of a community focal point, one where I found one of the great loves of my life working behind the counter. As well as finding love there, I've made friends there; worked there; had mind-changing experiences among the shelves; and spent many, many hours browsing, reading, talking, and living.

I will be greatly sorry to see the bookstore close.

At the same time, I have some understanding of what a burden the store has been to Tom and co-owner Dave Nee. Sorry as I am to see it close, I have been privately rooting for them to close it, for their own sakes, for years. I wish Tom and Dave the very best, and that having laid aside that burden, their lives will have room to become richer in the things that matter. I know that if that happens, given who they are, they cannot help but enrich the world around them as well.

Posted by abostick at March 25, 2004 09:45 AM

And it's only because he walked into the shop and asked Tom Whitmore for some advice about who to contact when he was in London looking for info on Arthur C. Clarke's history that we ever met Whit Diffie.

I hate change. I mean, I wish them all the very best and all that, but I still hate it. (Unless it's the kind of change I fervently wish for, of course.)

Posted by: Avedon at March 28, 2004 08:22 AM

Your comment spammer is at it again.

Posted by: D. at April 3, 2004 09:29 AM

The comment spammer is dealt with.

Posted by: Alan Bostick at April 4, 2004 09:35 AM

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