Adventures in Tremont

This saturday, the otter and I went to Elyria to visit my brother on his birthday. On our way, we stopped in Tremont, just outside of downtown Cleveland.

This was obviously an economically depressed area. After driving through the projects, we made it to a little neighborhood with little houses packed close together. Across the street was a park where a man was selling The Homeless Grapevine for a dollar (I didn’t buy one…there was a crowd of people engage him in political discussion). All over the park and neighborhood were Obama/Biden signs and various other Democratic signs, including many bright yellow ones with “Dennis!” written in big, friendly, black letters.

We walked to our objective, Visible Voice Books. If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely stop there. They have lots of new books at list price, as well as cheap used books. It seems they also have poetry readings, chess games, and themes presentations (they are celebrating Charles Bukowski right now). Not only that, but there’s a wine bar at the front counter. We spent about 45 minutes there, and I bought Adrian Tomine’s 32 Stories, John Darnielle’s Master Of Reality(To replace the one that was stolen from me), and two gifts for my brother (Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s The Push Man and Other Stories and Shotaro Ishinomori’s Japan, Inc.).

After the book store, we went to a cafe, the name of which escapes me right now. The coffee was a little dark but smooth.

10 Responses to “Adventures in Tremont”

  1. My three main vices are chocolate, books and wine. This bookstore sounds like it could be the downfall of my current pledge to spend $0 on books/music/movies for the next 12 months. I’m glad it’s not near me.

  2. Heh. Most of my spending cash (read: all of my spending cash) goes towards books/music/movies. I can’t imagine going without these things unless the apocolypse is happening. then, I’d spend the money on zombie-fighting gear.

  3. Spend away, I’ve got your back for the zombie apocalypse.

  4. I’ve got myself some kids to feed and clothe. Sign me up for the zombie apocalypse though. It would be more fun and less stressful then this election.

  5. My friend Rob always says that the hardest part of a zombie apocalypse is pretending that it’s not completely awesome.

  6. I miss bookstores. There’s a used place in Hong Kong I sometimes visit. The lack of organization and unruly stacks make it an adventure. Visible Voice Books sounds like a place I’d like to visit.

    You know what else I miss? Laundromats. Ya, that’s right. Strange, no?

  7. Is there a date for the zombie apocalypse? Did Nostradamus or anyone predict it? I’d like to be prepared, make sure my chainsaw is sharp, etc.

  8. Nostradamus didn’t make a prediction, so I’ll make one. Next tuesday. Just in time for Halloween.

  9. Do you play WoW, Jay? They have added a Zombie invasion theme as of late.

  10. No, but I can’t think of a better reason to play!

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