Pete Townshend and Planet Coronavirus
Nearly quarter of a century ago, my wanderings brought me to Portland, Oregon. I was visiting an American cousin and he recommended I visit Powell’s Bookstore, one of the world’s greatest book shops. My points of reference for great bookshops at that stage were Eason’s in O’Connell St, Hodge Figgis, Waterstone’s in Belfast and Foyle’s in London. I figured the bar was pretty high.
Nothing had prepared me for Powell’s. This was a place that occupied a city block, with an additional annex for technical and academic books. It had its own restaurant and you needed a map to get around it. At various points there were microfilm readers so you ...