Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Best Comment Of The Day: Now It's Gone!

Michael R. has left the following comment on the post "Pranga Bookstore On Court Street Saying Farewell":
"This is too bad - Pranga was great and Mehmet, the owner, is one of the nicest guys on Court St. It's too bad that people are too busy with smartphones and laptops to realize what they didn't stop to appreciate. Now it's gone. Get off your laptops, dummies. Life is outside of your gilded cages. Mill about, socialize - and don't let another bookstore close, because you're complicit in the shelling of your neighborhood when you don't support the things that go to make up a neighborhood."


Joe said...

I love my smart phone, and I love patronizing all the businesses in Carroll Gardens. Obviously the two have nothing to do with each other. What did effect this place closing, though, was some tough competition from Book Court and the used book store farther up Court.

Anonymous said...

I loathe smartphones, and yet I agree with Joe.

Anonymous said...

Any way you slice it, a good bookstore is gone. I recommend you all give more support to the remaining bookstores in the area, like Freebird (ask for Peter), Community, on Court (ask for John, near the tilting stacks), and try to check out the little gems that still remain in our midst. Bookcourt sells new books at full-retail cost and so does Barnes & Noble - the real treasures and affordable books can be found in the bookstores that deal mostly in used books - and Pranga was one such place.

Freebird is on Columbia St., right near Kane, and is open mostly on Saturdays and Sundays.

Community is open 7 days a week, but only when John (the owner) is in town, as he spends two months a year in the south of France. He’s open 3pm to midnight, normally.

Smartphones may be fun and can do all the things your brain used to do or all the things your brain may have been able to do had you allowed evolution to take its natural course, but books are and always will be one of the perfect technologies.

Continuing to follow digital technology down that path will more than likely just lead you back to books, just as many have rediscovered the analog sound of vinyl in great places like Court St.'s own "Black Gold", right near Luquer St., next door to Prime Meats.

Death to Videodrome; long live the New Flesh. (No, that wasn't a Masonic incantation...)