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BOOKS ARE THE SWEETS OF THE MIND
November 15, 2013 6:52 AM   Subscribe

The Twitter feed for bookstore Waterstones Oxford Street, long known to fans of surreal twitter lit, reaches new heights of Fame with a Buzzfeed compilation. Browse around its Storify for science fiction, thrilling action/adventure, and poignant short stories.
posted by Erasmouse (14 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Another day, another reason to wish I was English.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:00 AM on November 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I award this twitter feed the Booker prize, for its excellent Booking.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:02 AM on November 15, 2013


I love watching them interact with Maureen Johnson.
posted by Lemmy Caution at 7:21 AM on November 15, 2013


It's not even the best Waterstones
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:30 AM on November 15, 2013


The sun narrative reminds me of Welcome to Nightvale. The zeitgeist is becoming deliciously absurd lately.
posted by GrapeApiary at 7:31 AM on November 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Bookshops shouldn't give a wotsit about Buzzfeed.
posted by 0 answers at 7:33 AM on November 15, 2013


The sun narrative reminds me of Welcome to Nightvale. The zeitgeist is becoming deliciously absurd lately.

It is BETTER than Nightvale.

I think the guy who runs the Waterstones Oxford Street Twitter account also worked their Instagram, which was a delight to follow. He (they?) has (have?) since taken over the main Waterstones Instagram account, and sadly, appears to have toned down the quirk.
posted by peripathetic at 8:00 AM on November 15, 2013


We decided to call him the Man Booker.

This is the best SF line since "history will call us wives" or even "And I shall call you Eve!"
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:09 AM on November 15, 2013


It's not even the best Waterstones

Birmingham?
posted by Leon at 9:27 AM on November 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Birmingham?

Piccadilly (imho... though I've not been to the Brum one in years)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:48 AM on November 15, 2013


And their awesome version of the John Lewis Christmas advert
posted by fallingbadgers at 9:48 AM on November 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


No no no. Piccadilly's not *bad* - it's got the rooftop cocktail bar and the Deco architecture - but it's not got that great a book selection. The best Waterstone's is Gower Street - a decent academic books section and a large second-hand and remaindered department.
posted by Jakob at 9:56 AM on November 15, 2013


This week I found out that Nottingham does not have a single independent bookshop (though it does have a comic bookshop). Makes me feel less sell-outy when I shop at Waterstones.
posted by dumdidumdum at 12:35 PM on November 15, 2013


This week I found out that Nottingham does not have a single independent bookshop

By coincidence I found out earlier today that a new one's just opened. Good luck Five Leaves Bookshop!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:09 PM on November 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


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