Describe A Place: The Shops

A PORN SHOP

frenchy’s wasn’t exactly inviting – it was lit like a 7-eleven, which made all the plastic seem much more plastic, and the metal seem much more metal, and the naked people on the covers of the dvd cases look even less hot and more like cheap porn. passing up go down on moses and afternoon delight in august, i found myself in this bizarre penis produce section.

from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

In high school I developed a habit of wandering through shopping malls after school, swaying through the bright, chill mezzanines until I was so dazed with consumer goods and product codes, with promenades and escalators, with mirrors and Muzak and noise and light, that a fuse would blow in my brain and all at once everyting would become unintelligible: color without form, a babble of detached molecules. Then I would walk like a zombie to the parking lot and drive to the baseball field, where I couldn’t even get out of the car, just sit with my hands on the steering wheel and stare at the Cyclone fence and the yellowed winter grass until the sun went down and it wa too dark for me to see.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Anton Pieck (Dutch,1895-1987) - Grocery store on 't Havik, Amersfoort
Anton Pieck (Dutch,1895-1987) – Grocery store on ‘t Havik, Amersfoort
Bakery illustration by Ben Kimberly Prins
Bakery illustration by Ben Kimberly Prins
'Bottle Return', art by George Hughes (1959)
‘Bottle Return’, art by George Hughes (1959)
by George Hughes (1907-1990) The Saturday Evening Post cover March 12, 1960
by George Hughes (1907-1990) The Saturday Evening Post cover March 12, 1960
Book shop by Arthur Getz (1913-1996)
Book shop by Arthur Getz (1913-1996), 1962
Edward Penfield (1866-1925) Illustrations for The Dreamers A Club by John Kendrick Bangs. Published by Harper & Brothers,1899
Edward Penfield (1866-1925) Illustrations for The Dreamers A Club by John Kendrick Bangs. Published by Harper & Brothers, 1899
Don Madden from the book, Estimation by Charles. F. Linn, 1970 shop
Don Madden from the book, Estimation by Charles. F. Linn, 1970 shop
Illustration by Achille Wildi, circa 1955
Illustration by Achille Wildi, circa 1955
The Butcher's Shop under the Trees 1899 Sir William Rothenstein
The Butcher’s Shop under the Trees 1899 Sir William Rothenstein
by Anton Pieck 1895-1987 clock shop
by Anton Franciscus Pieck (19 April 1895 – 24 November 1987) doll shop window
Martine does her shopping, Published by Casterman, 1964 Text by Gilbert Delahaye Illustrations by Marcel Marlier
Natural Food Store by Tibor Gergely
Natural Food Store by Tibor Gergely
Old Curiosity Shop, Dieppe c.1895 Bernard Sickert
Old Curiosity Shop, Dieppe c.1895 Bernard Sickert
Ralph Hedley - The Old China Shop
Ralph Hedley – The Old China Shop

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