Since I drove by it so often, in June of 2015 I decided to stop in Haslam’s Bookstore in St. Petersburg, Florida and check it out. It is so big inside that they actually provide a store map. They cover all sorts of fiction and non-fiction, including physics. They even have signed, first-edition copies by famous people. These are kept behind glass. I tried to write a review of my visit, but I was in a goofy mood that day…
Deep in the darkest bowels of the realm of Saint Petersburg, Florida, sits Haslam’s Bookstore. Established in 1933, it has been serving wizards, lords, and peasants alike ever since.
I had heard tales of these mysterious objects known as books and how they could impart great wisdom, knowledge, and insight to those gifted enough to tease it out of them. I confess I have been so far unable to entice them to grant their knowledge to me. I have tried squeezing the knowledge out of them in great presses. I have tried making sacrifices to them, including offering the smoked vertebrae from my favorite servant (I shall miss him). I have tried threatening the books with fire and beatings. Alas, they will not listen to me and I am afraid I have somehow unwittingly offended them.
My name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small.