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“The staff are engaging, the selections are broad and thoughtful, and the setting is functional if not fancy.”
“There is also a very consistent history of customer complaints on this subject of staff ineptitude and bad attitude.”
Warning: Set aside at least two hours to lose yourself amongst the shelves of this stellar book shop. Fab open mic events.
Will implode under its own massive attitude problem. "Employees too surly to work in fast food" - This comment is accurate. We witnessed shocking and unacceptable behavior by an employee of the store and insisted adamantly on speaking to the management about it, but were given a snotty, dismissive response. From this we can infer that behavior that would certainly get the employee fired from food service jobs is tolerated in this store. There is also a very consistent history of customer complaints on this subject of staff ineptitude and bad attitude. The owner of the store lives out-of state and cannot supervise his employees, so they think they can be openly hostile and abusive towards the customers and get away with it. These neurotic children have a self-image so unrealistic as to give the impression that they are mentally ill.
Bookworms will love burrowing through this dense Wicker Park book exchange..
A neighborhood fixture since before Wicker Park was hipster ground-zero, this is one of the quirky, inviting places that made the neighborhood so cool in the first place. Besides some division by genre, fiction is all lumped together on the ground and upper floors with little effort toward segregating the "literature" from the rest. Nonfiction, especially history and social sciences, is a strength here; there's considerable depth to the collections. Though there might be several copies of popular titles in stock, there's little duplication on the shelves.
Don't wear a watch. Myopic is one of my favorite places to troll for hours for used books. The staff are engaging, the selections are broad and thoughtful, and the setting is functional if not fancy. Some of the aisles will either seem claustrophobic or like a good way to meet a special friend. Glad to see them in their new space; better light, and the upstairs sitting room with the bay window overlooking Milwaukee Avenue traffic is much more inviting than the old spot facing the alley and the el.
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