There’s something to be said for a bookstore whose theme of inclusivity extends to other species (I’m looking at you, scratch-hound Duke). There’s a lot to be said for a bookstore that’s managed to survive the tribulations of Amazon and an economy that has led many of us to cut back on luxuries (although it pains me to call a book a luxury). But what I would most like to say about Ann Arbor’s Common Language Bookstore is a heartfelt thank you for creating a space that so thoroughly reflects its values and products.
In the dual interests of strengthening my professional writing and refining my critical analysis skills, I write about the current, past, and projected built environment of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The town is home to the University of Michigan, where I graduated with a Master of Architecture degree. I hope to present both facts as well as critical readings of the city's trajectories of work and theory in ways that are sited in architectural discourse as well as interesting to residents.