The Best of NYC LETTERS

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08/05/2009 4:00 AM |

BEST INDICTMENT OF AN AMAZON CULTURE: Adrian Tomine’s “Read-Handed” New Yorker Cover
Most of us are guilty of buying books from the internet, but as New Yorkers we really oughtn’t — independent booksellers still dot the city, and we should be supporting those small companies (and not the Barnes and Noble behemoths either). To drive this point home, on the cover of an issue of the New Yorker last summer, the “Optic Nerve” creator illustrated a woman accepting an Amazon box from a UPS man while her neighbor unlocks the door to his bookstore. He stares at her with incredulity; she stares back mortified. Or maybe those are just the emotions we project onto it. We’re sorry, we’re sorry, those new releases are just so cheap!

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