The End of Authorship is an essay by John Updike over at the NY Times. "Booksellers, you are the salt of the book world. You are on the front line where, while the author cowers in his opium den, you encounter â€” or "interface with," as we say now â€” the rare and mysterious Americans who are willing to plunk down $25 for a book. Bookstores are lonely forts, spilling light onto the sidewalk. They civilize their neighborhoods. At my mother's side I used to visit the two stores in downtown Reading, Pa., a city then of 100,000, and I still recall their names and locations â€” the Book Mart, at Sixth Street and Court, and the Berkshire News, on Fifth Street, in front of the trolley stop that would take us home to Shillington."