The Albion Beatnik Bookstore website (or how to change a light bulb in a tight space on a ladder)

The web page of the Albion Beatnik Bookstore, based once in Oxford, then Sibiu, always neo-bankrupt, now closed for business: atavistic and very analogue, its musings and misspells on books and stuff.

The Narcotic Analgesia of Reading

Tenderness and relaxed reverie in these photos of retreat: Jack London and T. S. Eliot, both at the age of either eight or nine years old.

Jack London is possibly in Heinold’s Saloon on the San Franciscan seafront, his reading a respite from the hardship of his upbringing, at work 12-18 hours daily by the age of thirteen. T. S. Eliot is in his family’s summer home, Massachusetts, either in 1896 or 1897. His reading is to escape from illness and isolation; one biographer wrote that he set “the drug of dreams against the pain of living.”

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