JEFF PEARLMAN

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The saddest of sights

Well, not the saddest. But I took these a few moments ago, in front of the Rye Brook, N.Y. Waldenbooks.

I actually went in and made the following purchases:

• $1—Sugar Ray Leonard’s autobiography.

• $4—four boxes of tissues.

• $1—big thing of staples.

• 80 cents—Lady Gaga fanzine for the daughter.

Waldenbooks had pretty much died long ago, but the chain held a place in my heart. As a kid, we used to hit up the Jefferson Valley Mall and spend many hours in the store. When my dad self-published his book in 1986, we’d go into Waldenbooks and, when no one was looking, move it from the business section to the best sellers.

Sigh.