Drunk Book Buying


“The number of books I buy while sober is, I have noticed, inversely proportional to the number I buy while drunk. It’s a zero-sum game, as Proust once observed of wet dreams: when all the resources are consumed in the night, none are left for waking life.”

Elif Batuman on the joys and perils of book-buying while intoxicated.

Which reminds me of some of the more delightful customers who come in to Red Hill Books.

San Francisco being one of the booziest cities in the country, Bernal Heights’ brand of inebriates are especially erudite, expressive and verbosely delighted by our variety of sale books.  Sometimes I almost feel like a bartender.

Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →