My all-time favorite bookstore, Port Richmond Books—with an inventory of several hundred thousand used and rare books in an old movie house in Philadelphia—is closing this fall. I celebrate the store’s glorious 16 years in business with Greg Gillespie, founder and owner, and writer William Hastings. We also discuss the future of bookselling, the devastation of a digital culture in which rolling robots deliver books, and much else.
Mickey Hess is a one-of-a-kind writer. He has authored nine books that run the literary gamut from fiction to nonfiction, including the recently published Guest in the House of Hip-Hop: How Rap Music Taught a Kid from Kentucky What a White Ally Should Be, which blends memoir and cultural criticism; he also is coauthor of The Dirty Version, a 2014 biography of rapper Ol’Dirty Bastard