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Borders' closings



Front and center on the hardcover table: George W. Bush's Decision Points. Flanking that, books by Glenn Beck, Rand Paul, and--perhaps a weak attempt at a counterbalance--a book about how President Obama saved the auto industry. Also, a stack of Toxic Men, irony clearly unintentional.

A few tables back, a woman was unloading boxes and boxes of Eat Pray Love paperbacks. When is the store closing? "About eight weeks," she said shortly. Does she have another job lined up? "Nope," even more shortly.

Dissolve to Borders thirty years ago, State Street era: "You had that front table of display books, none of which were the best-sellers of the day. Half of them were university press books. Then the next display case you came to were all university press books. There was some arcane shit there," reminisces Keith Taylor.

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