The in print section of level:deepsouth is for recollections and ruminations on a book or magazine or even a bookstore or favorite library that was important, for whatever reason. In an era before the internet, books and magazines were how we got information, and bookstores – independent bookstores – and libraries, both public and personal, were how we got a hold of these precious items. Whether it was a worn paperback copy of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar or a plastic-coated library edition of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time that never got returned or a surprisingly meaningful novel that came in the form of a class assignment, whether it was your parent’s Funk & Wagnall’s encyclopedia set or some family’s members shelf full of National Geographics, books and magazines were hallmarks of identity for many Gen-Xers. And while it’s important to write about real events and real people, it’s also important to give some of our attention to the books, writers, magazines, booksellers, and newsstands that affected our lives, too.
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