by K.M. Zahrt
Ode to a Bordersian Urn
Thou still undead bookmerchant of quietness,
Thou foster-child of silent websites and slow-time e-readers,
Michigander historian, who canst thus express
A novelly tale more sweetly than your rhyme:
What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape
Of foibles or misfortunes, or of both,
In shelved caverns or the dales of Seattle’s Best cafe?
What men or armchair gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to purchase knowledge?
What worthless trinkets and Paperchase? What wild ecstasy?
It’s hard to express in words what it means to miss Borders, but it is so. Thank God for the next stop on this bookstore tour, Schuler Books located in Eastwood Towne Center in East Lansing, Michigan. Schuler bookstores are a breath of fresh air when you need the expanse of the larger retail bookstore, but you’re tired of feeling trapped in a khaki and green jail of mainstream bookstores.
Schuler locations are all worth your while, but the Eastwood Towne Center location is superior. Their new and used book selection is impressive. Something, I regret to say, Borders never truly figured out. Their stacks will keep you busy enough to not notice that your significant other has been out bouncing from outlet store to outlet store with your credit card, and you won’t care.
Eventually you’ll traipse over to the roomy cafe with a tall stack of books to sort through, and, believe it or not, you won’t have to try to squeeze passed a band of bearded and smelly men–who are bewildered that the President of the United States could be such a bonehead and who don’t understand why they’re not running this country–just to find a seat. No. At Schuler Books there’s plenty of room for you to find a table far enough away from the cafe think tank so you can decide what books you should or should not buy, while your significant other explains to you what they did or did not buy. Meanwhile, the both of you will enjoy a delicious beverage and a tasty treat in peace.
Get down to Schuler Books when you get a chance, and do your part to make sure it doesn’t go the way of the Borders.