one day at a time

day 48: still not loving police

still not loving police © Verena Fischer 2011

still not loving police © Verena Fischer 2011

Yesterday Ezequiel wanted to go to a bookshop. He already ordered some books on amazon, but you know … it’s his addiction, he just likes books. And I like that he likes books, so I’m not objecting, although I actually have started to feel threatened in bookshops over the last few years. You just go in there and you feel the pressure of all the books screaming at you “Read me, read me”! I just start to feel stressed in bookshops now, because it’s all too clear that there is not enough time in a life to read all the good books in the world. What can you do? That’s just how it is.

We went to Kreuzberg where there is an English language bookshop. I’ve only been to Kreuzberg for tango before so I was pretty surprised when I realised that it’s actually a really nice area. Maybe a little too hip if you look too closely, but definitely nice. There is even an entire bookshop just dedicated to SciFi and Fantasy, I certainly find that appealing! In the same street there is also a crime bookshop too. Well, both indicators that it’s indeed too trendy around there …  which is also reflected by the street art everywhere.

The English language bookshop is in Riemannstraße and it’s full of used books. Most of them are not exactly in good quality and the basement is full of shit science fiction. The person who seemed to be the owner of the shop was shuffling about in not so good health in between playing strategy games on the computer. Although she/he (a definite indefinite case) was helpful it was also obvious that she/he was not entirely bent on selling anything. Most books had a red mark in them saying “lending only” which stopped me from even considering them. After having a good look around we actually went out without buying anything shrugging a bit about the experience.

And yesterday’s picture can also give you an idea of what the street art in the area is like. It made me chuckle a bit, because it’s sort of provocative and not, both at the same time. Love is such a strong word after all.


10 responses

  1. Being myself a book addict I think it is a little frustrating to enter a book shop, probably with some expectation and go away without any “capture”. But the positive side is to have some more cash for the next book shop! Yes, LOVE is a strong word buI prefer not to comment this piece fo art…ciao

    September 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

    • Haha, yeah, you never know who’s reading this, eh? I think nowadays it’s very important to be critical too and therefore I didn’t hesitate much before posting this picture.

      As for the bookshops. I often come out of bookshops without a capture, because I simply don’t have space for books. I love them, but I’ve been a nomad for the last few years and until I settle down I probably won’t buy as many books as I’d like.

      October 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  2. I just choose a few favorite authors, for like you, there is not enough time to read all the books
    Nice photo shot!


    September 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    • Thanks Debbie. Indeed, sometimes I wish there was more time for good books, but then we can’t spend all our time reading either. You have to live your own stories too in the end.

      October 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

  3. Still rockin’ my khakis with a cuff and a crease…
    (*in my best Dr. Dre*)

    September 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

  4. Augusta Voyse

    Awesome site. Great post. Well done.

    October 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

  5. mewithmycamera

    love it!

    October 23, 2011 at 5:38 am

  6. You manage to find some really interesting and gritty street shots. Always good to look at another 365 blog!

    November 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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