Watching Borders’ liquidation was like watching the carcass of a fallen beast being picked clean by vultures. Even if you’re King of the Kindle, if the sight didn’t incite a twinge of sadness, you’ve got a hardcover heart. A la Ambrose Bierce, Mauians have eulogized Borders with “doleful voice(s), mingled with the sobbing which it was its purpose to stimulate and sustain, r(ising) and f(alling) … like the sound of the sullen sea.” On Twitter, @mauilibrarian2 said “[It’s] sad because [we’ve lost] a vibrant PLACE that serves as a barometer of who we are and what we value.” Too true. Because Borders was more than just a place for book-buying (or not, as the company’s bankruptcy bespeaks) — it was a place to congregate and commiserate, to explore and expend. As this BOM award demonstrates, Maui misses dear ol’ Dairy Rd. Borders — maybe even more than it misses us.
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