Deacon Maccubbin's shop, which opened in 1974, will no longer be a landmark anchoring Dupont Circle's now very chain-heavy shopping area. It goes without saying that this is sad.
Sad that D.C. will be losing another independent bookstore. Sad that the store in Baltimore will join the Rehoboth Beach shop in the great bookstore beyond.
But this is an announcement that feels different to me.
Maybe it's just wishful thinking...maybe it's memories of fantastic little bookshops in Canada and on side streets in English towns...but I don't think that the day of the independent gay bookstore is over here in our fair city.
It just feels like something is going to happen (1).