Calling all Hipsters to Skylight Books
If you typed the word “Hipster” into Amazon.com every item listed would be carried in the Skylight Bookstore. …Ok I just did that and you actually mostly get panties, but you get my meaning. Located on Vermont Blvd in Los Feliz (the Williamsburg of LA for you New Yorkers), Skylight Books could not be more perfectly situated.
I love to go to Skylight Books to browse the ‘staff pics’, buy boxes of bizarre ‘thank you’ cards featuring stylish Japanese Teenagers, and play with the cat. Of course there is a cat. But he is not the slumbering mound of fluff you would expect to find lazing in the window of the corner bookstore. He’s a feisty little devil.
He wants to play but not with you. I tried dangling my scarf in front of him to catch his attention, but it wasn’t until I was engrossed in “American Nerd” by Benjamin Nugent that he perched near my scarf, pretended to stretch, then tried to make a getaway with my shroud in his teeth. He didn’t get far, much to his chagrin.
Skylight books has the regular fiction, non fiction, & children’s sections, but it also boasts a series of more obscure categories. The self-published magazine section for example. You will find the more famous mags such as Found and The Believer, but there are also a series of serials printed on someone’s home computer. Poems, grotesque drawings, musings on anarchy; take your pick.
The arts section is so big that it needs its own store next door. This addendum offers big coffee table photo books featuring pictures along the line of naked people standing in strip malls. It’s ironic. Duh.
There is also the compulsory French section. I never knew the demand was so high from French native speakers in Los Feliz that they had to provide a section for them, but I have a sneaking feeling that perhaps it just exists because having a French section is cool. Shocking, I know.
Everyone needs a French novel, though, to read in the local café in the hopes that it will intrigue someone enough to start a conversation…just hopefully not a French conversation.
They have yet to add an actual ‘Irony’ section yet, but I hear it’s on the way.