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I saw that sign a couple of weeks ago and chuckled to myself, “Boy, Powell’s, you’re a cheeky one. And BRILLIANT.” I immediately resolved to go back and take a picture for the (at the time, future) blog.

I drove back yesterday, camera in hand. But as I looked around at the deserted parking lot, I no longer felt like laughing. It looked so forlorn.

I was/am angry at Borders for becoming such a behemoth, for pushing the indies out of business, for contributing to the creation of today’s world of limited bookstores. But what they did bring was a huge selection of books to many areas that didn’t have a bookstore and helped get people reading.

One fewer bookstore is always a bad thing, not matter if it was a chain or an indie.