holding your breath

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All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Taken at Garrison Keillor’s new bookstore on Cathedral Hill in St. Paul, Common Good Books.

It’s a dandy little shop, tilted toward Minnesota titles, tucked away in the basement under Nina’s coffee shop. Despite the basement setting, it’s a surprisingly airy space, with plenty of natural light coming in through the skylights where the sidewalk window wells should be. The boys and I stopped there after a library visit (like grocery shopping when you’re hungry, it’s dangerous to visit a bookstore when you don’t have a stack of reading in the queue…), and left with Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories and Wanda Gág’s “Nothing At All”.

Things have been a little tough on independent bookstores in the Twin Cities these last couple years, so if you’ve got a hankering for a book, send some love to the Common Good folks. Not that the fame of Mr. Keillor won’t help them out, of course, but it’s still nice to spend some money locally and have it hang around the neighborhood instead of flitting off to far-flung places.

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