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Member Reviews (9)
- Myopic BooksMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jan 08, 2014
If you love poetry (I love poetry) then you know it can be hard to find contemporary poetry in bookstores. It's mostly the usual subjects: Dickinson, Whitman, maybe a Mary Oliver or John Ashbery thrown in for good measure. But at Myopic, a used bookstore in Wicker Park, the poetry section is huge and delightful. I can't speak for the rest of the store, which I usually just walk through aimlessly, but I'm sure it's great. They host a regular reading series, so be sure to check that out!
- Myopic BooksJun 12, 2013
Sweet little shop that operates in a slightly we-wish-for-yesterday mindset. Not exactly well-versed in highly collectible books and not exactly in step with modernity either. Upon stepping in to its space, which was mostly empty, I had a undetectable vibration in my pocket which resulted in my answering my phone in a near whisper. Why such hush-hush tones? Well, as a former library employee, starting a the age of 10 - and in a era when spinster maid head librarians STERNLY shushed you - as well as having owned one of the better antiquarian bookstores in the Northeast, it just still stands as a rule of etiquette for me. The store clerks, who had been babbling aloud among themselves, were horrified, and I was rushed upon by the very spirit of the spinster maid librarian in the form of one gay-bear-'ish-looking chap and some silly exchange took place in which a NO CELLPHONES-type sign was pointed out to me, which one would have to guess they assume everyone gravitates to upon entry. And the purpose of enforcing such a rule when I, the phone user, was speaking so low that even my traveling companion standing next to me couldn't hear me? Perhaps there's the fear that someone on the street might peer in, see me, and run screaming down the street that cellphone use in now permitted in the shop, thereby producing a rush of undesirables into their establishment, cellphones pressed to their ears. Maybe it’s just a case of the old spinster adage: "If we let YOU use your cellphone, we would have to let EVERYONE use their cellphone." Retail anal-retention aside, they allowed me to actually be a customer in their shop, but when it actually came to the business of two very highly collectible books for which I was searching, they proved to be absolute amateurs. I inquired about a specialized Non-Fiction Nature/Ecology subject by an early 20th-Century writer who huge popularity at the time was due to her success as a romance novel writer. Upon being given the titles by me, he proved that his knowledge of her extended itself to only her mediocre and low-priced novels which fetch, at tops, $50 a volume for mint, 1st editions. "No, no," I explained, "I'm looking for two of her obscure Non-Fiction works." Amidst the confusion, I think I also heard him say they don't have an inventory of their books on their computer. Did he have section for fine books, I inquired? A locked case perhaps? He pointed me to a case at the end of the counter. I went to the case, which was blocked off and had a sign saying "Ask for assistance." I asked for assistance and more confusion ensued on his part as he tried to direct me to their Nature section. “THOSE books,” he very smartly informed me about the locked case books, “are around $50 and UP.” When I informed him that the two volumes, for which I’ve been searching for some years, are valued STARTING at $350 for mint First Editions, he scrambled quickly to prove his knowledge of her work by pulling up a list FROM THE INTERNET that included digital and kindle editions of her romance novels which, as he was also quick to point out, were “driving down the prices of her print versions.” I finally had to laugh. A bookstore full of wanna-be late 20th Century spinster librarians whose limited knowledge of fine and collectible books is only surpassed by their misguided attempts to prove to a collector like me that they know more about books than someone who has worked in, bought, and sold books for over 40 years? Can someone just get me to John King Books in Detroit or The Strand in New York City RIGHT NOW? At least there I can pick up my cellphone and call fellow buyers I shop for with news of what’s available and drive up sales for THOSE stores. This one is too busy PRACTICING to be a bookstore to ever actually sell to a serious collector.Recommended for:Students
- Myopic BooksMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Apr 16, 2013
One of Chicago's best used book stores! Located just southeast of one of the busiest intersections in Chicago in the hip Wicker Park neighborhood. Tons of books and lots of deals!
- Myopic BooksMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 10Nov 03, 2012
This picture was taken outside of the store because pictures aren't allowed inside. Yep. It's an old school book store.
I wasn't a fan of the "leave your big bag at the register" rule either, but that's how it goes if you want to look at the vast selection of books here. It's a great spot for the collector and book lover.
- Myopic BooksJul 05, 2012
If you find yourself in Wicker Park with some time to kill (i.e. while waiting for a patio spot to open up at Big Star...), Myopic does the trick. The store seems to go on forever, and you'll find something that piques your interest on every shelf. I think I walked out the last time with a second-hand copy of a Murakami novel and a biography of Grace Slick. They've got some tables on the top floor for you to sit and read for as long as you like--the place is really quiet, too.