I was a Borders client when the last Borders bookshop closed.

There’s a track on Jon Brion’s unparalleled 2004 soundtrackTo “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” that’s been playing in my head lately. “Bookstore”Although it only lasts 52 seconds, its character, which is made up of eerie strings in reverse order, remains remarkable. Joel and Clementine meet in the movie at a bookstore. 

The logo is never shown, but I’ve always known it was a Borders. The warm colors, those angled shelves rising just to chin level — the setting of the bookstore chain is etched into my memory. But I’m one of the last kids who grew up with it. Fifth graders today have no memory of the place I’m about to describe. And they’re just as forgetful as I was once. “Eternal Sunshine” in late high school or early college and think they’ve found a niche and unknown brilliance in it, that scene in the bookstore will be nothing more than that: a scene in a bookstore. 

It’s more to me.

Source: I was a Borders client when the last Borders bookshop closed.

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