22 October: St. Mark's Bookshop: Urgent Letter


Dear Jamshed Bharucha,

As President of Cooper Union I am sure that you appreciate the value of St. Mark's Bookshop in the Cooper Union neighborhood. I have been a loyal customer and, at times, a client selling books, of the bookstore since before the days when it moved to its present location. In its early days on St. Mark's Place the bookstore was a pioneer in a neighborhood where serious culture was invading a rundown, thrills-and-spills area with a neighborhood population that was changing. St. Mark's Bookshop, the St. Mark's Church Poetry Project and Cooper Union were the bastions of serious culture.

Now that Cooper Union, as landlord, is responsible for setting the rent for the St. Mark's Bookshop please take it upon yourself to ensure the life and prosperity of the bookstore while economic times are tough. People don't have the discretionary income to spend on extras that they had before the October 2008 financial meltdown. However through every kind of effort, both governmental and subversive, there are initiatives to strengthen this very weak economy. When people again have more money to spend, St. Mark's Bookshop needs to still be there to feed the intellectual and cultural needs of a city that is threatened by the same mass culture that is strangling our nation, including the franchise and chain bookstores that will only hold a book on the shelves while it is fresh off the press and noticed by the major media.

St. Bookshop lives by higher standards. It is the store I go to to buy books. Please help it stay that way.


Annabel Lee

Vehicle Editions Books and Book Services
59C Kensington Avenue
Jersey City NJ 07304

Master's degree candidate and Graduate Assistant
School of Education
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043