Last week The Corvallis Gazette-Times, local rag of of Grass Roots Books & Music, published a panel by a local cartoonist that paid tribute to “the wonderfulness of independent bookstores,” as Grass Roots’s Pamela Moeller put it. It also happened to spin the whole shop local/buy Amazon thing, which we can at least enjoy in a comic daydream, right? We’ve broken the original into three parts to add our own running commentary.
So we’d really rather you just start with your local store in the first place considering all of the original and informative content you can find there, but we can’t deny the guilty pleasure of a little “Take that!” role reversal.
Or just stop by. Even if you do have to order it, there are thousands of other books you can actually put your hands on. And if you have a question about a book you’re holding in your hands, one of the employees probably has something to say about it that would easily rate at the top of Amazon’s so-many-some-odd-of-blankety-blank “people found the following review helpful” list.
The cartoonist’s name is Jack, but so is the owner of Grass Roots Books & Music. It’s just funny to imagine him flirting from his bicycle on the way to work. Good luck with that, Jack.