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Halcyon days of second-hand-bookshop-browsing

Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 10.17.43Second-hand bookshops are almost extinct. Dalrymple says that

recently I was in a coastal town in England that a decade ago had ten of them, and now the last of them was about to close.

And that was written as long ago as 2008.

Looking back at the lost age of second-hand bookshops, Dalrymple explains that the pleasure lay

not only in finding what you sought: it was in leafing through many volumes and alighting upon something that you never knew existed, that fascinated you and therefore widened your horizons in a completely unanticipated way, helping you to make the most unexpected connections.

Mono no aware.