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"A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us." – Franz Kafka

Fields Book Store

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Dürer's Melancholia (detail)

Dürer’s Melancholia (detail)

I was saddened to hear from my friend David, proprietor of the marvelous Fields Book Store in San Francisco, that they’re going to be closing up the brick-and-mortar shop and shifting exclusively to online sales.

Fields is one of the best-curated bookstores I’ve ever seen, with a wonderful collection of rare and scholarly books on a variety of fields, ranging from psychology and history to esoteric subjects and religion.

The store is one of the best arguments I’ve ever seen for the preservation of physical bookstores – I have seen books there that I did not previously know existed, such as the day I stumbled upon an English-language edition of Étienne LaMotte’s History of Indian Buddhism.

It is sad to see yet another bookstore go down, and tragic to note that Fields was the oldest bookstore in San Francisco.

If you’re interested in arcane or religious topics and you aren’t already familiar with this landmark, be sure to bookmark their website, as they will be continuing on as a virtual store.

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Written by Mesocosm

December 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

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