I got a record player this year. Great decision! I am an old fart in terms of music and technology. We had a record player when I was a kid, and I loved ver-r-r-y carefully changing the records, lifting the needle, and placing it just so.
No more Burl Ives for me; these days, I look for 60s soul and French pop, and Motown. Unfortunately, so does everybody else. The soul revival that took off with a vengeance in SF seems to have spread, and the good stuff was just as hard to find and/or expensive in Athens as back home. But you know what’s readily available? Gospel. I buy tons of gospel.
But then I like religious music.
I found this great old bookstore that reminded me of my neighborhood used bookstore in college. (Wow, I can’t believe they have a website.) I used to walk down there from my apartment….. often. I was a bigger buyer of books then. Since I started working in libraries, I hardly buy any.
What I do buy: comics, and Golden Books. I like the old old Little Goldens, but better still are the Giant Goldens. Some of the best popular art of the 40s and 50s came out in children’s books. I love Gustaf Tenggren, an artist you probably know better than you think.