Monday, 5 January 2009
I was sad to read of the death of Glenn Goldman, owner of the fabulous Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard. Situated just opposite the now defunct Sunset Strip branch of Tower Records, Book Soup was always a must-visit for me whenever I was in LA, particularly when I used to stay nearby at the Sunset Marquis and would often walk there. More than just a book shop, Book Soup had a wonderful atmosphere, was a lovely place to hang out in, browsing its well-stocked shelves. It was a little oasis of calm in a city that's constantly on the go. The question now, though, is for how much longer. Goldman put the shop on the market the day before he died, and in the age of Amazon and Borders, independent bookstores are a dying breed.