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The greatest bookstore in the world
The greatest bookstore in the world

In the November issue of Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy has a long piece about the history and future of Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore, my call for greatest bookstore in the world. A warren of rooms and bookshelves that fill a 17th century building on the Left Bank -- within spitting distance of, in one direction, Notre Dame and, in the other, the Boulevard Saint-Germain -- it is a throwback in the best sense of the word. “Writers who logged time at the current Shakespeare and Company,” Handy tells us, “sometimes even sleeping there … include Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Lawrence Durrell, Anais Nin, James Jones,...

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