Hola to the Centralites

October 5th, 2012

It’s been just nine days short of a year since the store opened – and unloading a surprise delivery of 14 file boxes of amazing stock I accumulated this summer, I’m in the rhythm that keeps this all going, piling the books up high to save my back: open, stamp, price, stock. I remember where each of them came from, donated or bought at bargain price, and I think about why I’m doing this.

In Austin tonight, there’s going to be a kind of event that happens once every few years when the tribe among which I grew up gathers as it can only do outside the virtual huddle of the internet. We know each other still like nobody else can, peculiar as were the circumstances of our common adolescence. Some of these folks are the people who made this store happen, without question. (Certainly time will be taken to mourn the passing of one of our most steadfast friends here, Blane Sparhawk. The store is a memorial to him, in every aspect, and we miss and honor him to the highest degree.) Its existence scratches a certain itch that lay buried, for most of us, since we were very young. But to scratch it takes us home. Have one for me, Centralites, and I’ll try to make the next one. You are all welcome here, all the time.

At some point between 3 and 4 PM today, on one of the two TV Azteca stations broadcasting nationwide, there will be a little segment on the store. It will be repeated on the Monday evening news. Big, big score for us. I’ll post a link as soon as I get it.

Remember our 1st anniversary party on Saturday, October 27th, noon to midnight, 40 pesos at the door. That will get you a lot of pulque and various other beverages, and the entertainment of hearing from David Lida, author of First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, Capital of the 21st Century, certainly the best book about this city written in English. Music will be provided by my two favorite local bands, Kannski and Torrente, and DJ Zorrita, and DJ Pinchegringo (that’s me). It will be fun.

How are things going? It’s still tough. Our inventory just increased by a fourth, and there are so many new books I’m truly thrilled to have in-store. Still looking at options to bring our rent down, more on that later. There will be a reliable, PO-type mail drop in Laredo very soon, where people can send their book donations. Our Paypal button remains on our home page at www.underthevolcanobooks.com for anyone who can help with our day-to-day costs. We’re not self-sufficient yet, but hope to be soon, and with your help, we come closer all the time.

I’ve been thinking, having just moved my own living space, about how we compartmentalize our lives, how much of it we share with technology, and with one another, and how. I don’t think, in this day and age, that any of us are reading enough.

Get in here.

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