It started with a Pinterest link for a blind book swap that my friend S.S. discovered. The idea stewed for a while in our minds, but one week in November we finally got around to hosting the party at our friend Y.L.’s house. This is a rushed graphic I put together to guide our guests. My cat, who grudgingly agreed to model for these instructions, was not a guest. (Anyway, I Could Pee on This is a bit too esoteric for the casual reader).In a few weeks we will reconvene for a Bookend dinner to return the books.
I was opposed to the new Lotte Outlet Mall that was built at the far end of Paju Book City about a year ago. You can spot North Korea from the roof of the new mall, so the view from the peak of Mount Simhak (where you can also see the North) is not as special now. Thanks to Lotte, the PBC stop has become popular with weekend shoppers, so the bus ride on Saturdays is miserably crowded with tourists on the hunt for a good deal. Fortunately PBC itself remains relatively empty, like the lot of this publishing company warehouse.