I was a Borders customer at the time that the last Borders store closed.

There’s a track on Jon Brion’s unparalleled 2004 soundtrackTo “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” that’s been playing in my head lately. “Bookstore”Although the movie only lasts 52 second, its character, composed of eerie strings playing in reverse order, is quite remarkable. Joel meets Clementine in a bookstore. 

The logo is never shown, but I’ve always known it was a Borders. The warm colors, those angled shelves rising just to chin level — the setting of the bookstore chain is etched into my memory. But I’m one of the last kids who grew up with it. Fifth graders today have no memory of the place I’m about to describe. And they’re just as forgetful as I was once. “Eternal Sunshine” in late high school or early college and think they’ve found a niche and unknown brilliance in it, that scene in the bookstore will be nothing more than that: a scene in a bookstore. 

It’s more to me.

Source: I was a Borders customer at the time that the last Borders store closed.

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