The Man With 18 Miles of Books
An interview with Fred Bass, owner of New York’s Strand bookstore.
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Fred Bass has worked for more than 60 years at New York’s Strand bookstore, which his father, Ben Bass, founded in 1927. In this interview he talks about how the Internet has affected the used-book business, how unionizing the workforce has been good for the store, and how sidelines—like the famous Strand tote bags—now make up more than 15 percent of the store’s sales. The discussion lasts about 22 minutes.
The Afterword, which appears in the Slate daily podcast feed every other Thursday, features interviews with the authors of new nonfiction books. The next episode will feature Jacob Tomsky, author of Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality. It will be available on Jan. 3.
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