Letter: Glenwood will miss the Book Train
There has never been a brighter candle, a warmer fire, or a clearer mirror shining upon the crippled intellect of Glenwood Springs than the Book Train. Forty years its devoted staff and few customers have paused at the tiny spot along the path of the heaving tourist mania to offer or grab a good map, magazine, simple card, a printed newspaper, or maybe even a book.
Kids have sat on the floor in the aisles for hours, buying nothing, but enjoying meeting and goofing around with other kids, some of them from New York and California. They could see and even smell the books. What a good start.
Bookstores, real bookstores, are dying everywhere. Most of the best ones, like in Seattle and Portland, are driven away by high rents. Maybe that’s the newest problem in Glenwood, too. But more than that, over the years, the Book Train has suffered from a lack of curiosity. Most of those who walk by now no longer read unless its neon. Glenwood will miss the Book Train more than anyone will admit. Even if someone wrote a good book about the Book Train it probably wouldn’t sell in Glenwood Springs.
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