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Thursday, January 15, 2004
Discovered a great used bookstore in Alexandria today, Book Bank Used Books, 110 S. West St. I've probably walked by it a hundred times, on my way from the King Street Metro station to the Torpedo Factory. Today I just happened to see their sign on a side street off of King Street. Didn't really have time to take a good look, but I can usually judge quickly the quality of a used bookstore. Bought a copy of Iris Murdoch's A Severed Head. After reading about Murdoch in Paul Theroux's Dark Star Safari, I've wanted to check her out. Plus, I usually try to support small, independent bookstores and tend to make at least a token purchase when I visit. [Since Murdoch lived and died in England and had Alzheimer's disease in her last years, I don't know why I confused her with Nadine Gordimer, who lives in South Africa and is mentioned by Theroux. Memory loss?]

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