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It didn't even smell right for a used bookstore. I just don't know what. [Aug. 13th, 2010|03:52 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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I do not, I do not, I do not understand Stillwater.

There is a thing that happens there, where I turn up, and there are obscure books about things I want to know about. Sometimes things I didn't know I wanted to know about. This time I brought home ten of them. Ten! One is The Renaissance of the Goths in Sixteenth-Century Sweden, which is a thing it would make sense I would want. One is George I, The Baltic, and the Whig Split. One is a biography of an Inupiaq woman. One is called East Norway and Its Frontier, which makes me giggle, because I think East Norway might be like West Richfield, where hypatia_j lives. (Sorry, obscure Scandosotan joke, emphasis on the -sotan.)

So: why Stillwater? Why? What is it that makes Stillwater attract a monograph about the alliance between the House of Stuart and the House of Orange and its negative effects on the Dutch people just when markgritter is going to be walking into that little shop?

The thing that blows my mind is that I swear to you that the last time this happened to me, it was a different shop. Aunt Ellen and Uncle Phil waited downstairs while I stalked around the second floor of a shop that isn't there any more, I can't even tell where it was, but it was two stories. And this one was tiny--Aunt Ellen and Uncle Phil and I would have had to decide what order we were going into it in and preserved that order throughout--and had brand new Wodehouse and Fraser by the counter. So it's not the shop. It's Stillwater.

I am confused. But embookened. So there is that. Oh indeed, there is certainly that.
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[User Picture]From: mmerriam
2010-08-13 09:12 pm (UTC)
I wonder if this is the same little bookshop where I found the 16th Century Turkish Fairy tales?
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[User Picture]From: scriitor
2010-08-13 10:54 pm (UTC)
Damn I wish I made a find like that.

3 of the 4 local used bookstores have closed in the last couple years, so, unlikely now.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-13 11:47 pm (UTC)
Was it up a little side street?
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[User Picture]From: mmerriam
2010-08-14 04:37 pm (UTC)
On chestnut, yes a little side street.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-14 04:50 pm (UTC)
That's the one!
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2010-08-13 09:48 pm (UTC)
That may well be the place that had the near-mint French translation of C.L. Moore's Shambleau. "Near-mint," in this instance, means "looking as though it had been read once and then put in a nitrogen atmosphere." If it's the place I'm thinking of, I accept Jo's explanation as the correct one.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-13 11:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize you'd been to Stillwater, and I don't think this had any foreign languages at all, although I could be wrong; they might have had a bit of Norsk.
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2010-08-13 11:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I can't remember the name of the place Jo took me. But it was full of books you wouldn't ever have thought existed, in the kind of shape they shouldn't have been based on their publication dates.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-13 11:53 pm (UTC)
I can't think how Jo would have gotten you to Stillwater if you were both here at the same time, unless you had a car. It's considerably east of the main body of the Twin Cities and not much amenable to public transit.
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2010-08-13 11:58 pm (UTC)
In that case I am just making shit up. Boo me! I could've sworn there was a really neat bookstore near Stillwater metro.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-13 11:59 pm (UTC)
We haven't got a Metro.

I am still in Minnesota.
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2010-08-14 12:00 am (UTC)
I thought you were at Farthing Party, sorry. I like my reality better.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-14 12:01 am (UTC)
That's next weekend.
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2010-08-14 01:07 pm (UTC)
*facepalm* It's been a long year.
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[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2010-08-13 10:51 pm (UTC)
I must have gone to the wrong Stillwater-all I got to find was a Lumberjack Festival and a traffic jam...maybe I'll try again, someday.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-13 11:47 pm (UTC)
This is the one on the St. Croix.
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[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2010-08-14 12:13 am (UTC)
That was the one but the book gods didn't smile on me (probably couldn't see me in all the traffic).
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-14 03:26 am (UTC)
This story interests me.
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[User Picture]From: aliseadae
2010-08-14 03:11 am (UTC)
Maybe I need to go to Stillwater again soon. I spent my 11th birthday there. Good place to spend a birthday.
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[User Picture]From: elisem
2010-08-14 05:35 am (UTC)
I want to go to Stillwater with mrissa.
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[User Picture]From: hypatia_j
2010-08-14 04:34 pm (UTC)
Heh. West Richfield. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-14 04:50 pm (UTC)
East Norway!
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[User Picture]From: redbird
2010-08-14 05:12 pm (UTC)
Do they have a sister city arrangement with Hay-on-Wye?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-08-14 05:17 pm (UTC)
I did not see any signs indicating sister city arrangements, but, as my favorite Swede says of his monarch, I did not pursue it.
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