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Andrew McKinley, owner of San Francisco's Adobe Books for 25 years, has written down his thoughts on change for The Bold Italic, in the wake of moving his bookstore deeper into the Mission at 24th and Folsom. It was written by hand, because McKinley does not own a computer.
The piece that The Bold Italic produced is beautiful visually, with torn-out bits of his essay strewn around the web page along with snapshots of performers and other folks who frequented the place (knowing the photos were taken at a time when you had to cross your fingers and wait for the film to be developed makes them all the more special). The piece is basically an ode to the young artists, writers, musicians and other creative types who made Adobe their second home, and is worth a read. You can check it out in McKinley's handwriting, or TBI's transcription (easier on the eyes).
Even though McKinley states: "One thing is for sure: the old bookstore is over, kaput, gone with the wind," here's hoping the new Adobe attracts as interesting and creative a crowd as the old.
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