Today’s highlight is a visit to Elliott Bay Book Company, a wonderful bookstore that I had never bothered to visit before on the now almost countless trips to Seattle. Elliott Bay is really worth visiting, I think it compares more than favourably to any other bookstore I’ve been to before.
Why Elliot Bay?
The original plan for the day was to go to the drag brunch at Unicorn. Once at Unicorn the idea was a whole lot less appealing. Firstly, the decor involved more dead animals on the wall than I usually prefer. But the more important consideration was that most of the rest of the audience seemed pretty much non-gay. While I’m all for acceptance and inclusiveness, the idea of hanging out in an audience of people watching gay people like animals in a zoo was much less appealing.
Elliott Bay was a good place to shelter from the rain for a while. I didn’t buy anything as I’m already dragging around way too much stuff on this trip, but next time I’m in Seattle I will make a stop to browse the available books. There’s a bigger selection of poetry than I’ve seen before. Of course, Amazon is really useful to order books when you’re lazy, but it much more pleasant to let the books find you while you wander through a shop with sleet starting to fall outside.