Book Blog – Likely Stories, from Booklist Online » Blog Archive » A Shopping-Cart Traffic Jam on “The Road”
Booklist Online

Booklist Online: More than 130,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers - from the trusted experts at the American Library Association

| | | | | | | | | | |
Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online

Likely Stories

A Booklist Blog
Keir Graff and editors from Booklist's adult and youth departments write candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry

« »

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:02 pm
A Shopping-Cart Traffic Jam on “The Road”
Posted by: Keir Graff

“It would be like ‘The Road,’ ” one publishing executive in New York said, half-jokingly, referring to the Cormac McCarthy novel. “The post-apocalyptic world of publishing, with publishers pushing shopping carts down Broadway.”

This quote in a recent New York Times article (“The Bookstore’s Last Stand,” by Julie Bosman) reminded me of a short story written way back in 2009, by a  very prescient Booklist editor named . . . Keir Graff. (Hey, any excuse to repurpose content, right?) For another vision of a post-apocalyptic world, with a book reviewer pushing a shopping cart through Chicago, read The Read.

In the dream he knelt beside a vast and craven crater. The crater filled with bookwrack. Boards. Paper. Words. The words unadhorn from the pages and falling to letters. Broken bookshelves. Card catalogs filled with dust. That not burned had been drowned. Stewy char. The shorelaps of the polluted waters a sickly susurrus. The world come unbooked and never to be read again.

With no apologies whatsoever to Cormac McCarthy. He’s done quite well by Booklist.

Comments

comments


Leave a Reply



© 2014 Booklist Online. Powered by WordPress.
Quoted material should be attributed to:
Keir Graff, Likely Stories (Booklist Online).




HOME | | AWARDS | GREAT READS | BLOGS | NEWSLETTERS | WEBINARS | MY ALERTS | MY LISTS | MY PROFILE | HELP | SUBSCRIBE
BOOKLIST PUBLICATIONS
American Library Association