This eloquent article offers facts about Borders’ history, but more importantly, expresses concerns about the availability of books and the influence of books in our environment. While I was not a big customer of Borders, I liked knowing it was nearby in case I wanted to browse or I needed something. Boston Globe reporter James Carroll writes:
“The fate of Borders tells that story. The tragedy now is that, with the failure of the big boxes, which previously caused the failure of so many corner stores, not only will cities be left without bookstores; so will the rural and suburban malls that had embraced them. This is a massive cultural impoverishment.”
Do you agree with him?