I keep waiting for publishers, editors, and authors to come to the defense of St. Mark's Bookshop, so I was glad to see that Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, has stepped up with support.
In a blog post he writes, "The staff don’t just select the stock, they proselytize on its behalf and, in their small way, help hold the neighborhood together." He reports that the bookstore sells more copies of The Paris Review than most cities, and more than the journal's own website. Says Stein, "New York needs bookstores, too, or it will no longer be New York."
To help out, The Paris Review is now offering "a special discount to St. Mark’s patrons...when you buy a copy of our fall issue at St. Mark’s, you’ll receive a coupon good for 25% off a one-year subscription to The Paris Review, starting with our next issue (it’s good for T-shirts, tote bags, and mugs, too). It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting this beloved East Village institution!"
So go for it. And buy a book in there, too, while you're at it. The fight is not yet over.
Read more on St. Mark's Bookshop:
Michael Moore at St. Mark's
An Open Letter to Cooper Union
Buy A Book Weekend at St. Mark's
Xmas in September
St. Mark's Vestibule
And sign that petition