For the record, this hits very close to home for me.
University of Pittsburgh is my alma matter for the Japanese degree, and Caliban is right around the corner from it.
And I know people who are friends with the owner of Caliban.
I have spent countless hours in Caliban book shop, and after the news of this story first broke a couple years ago I stopped going there.
I refuse to shop there now.
I can’t tell you how sad this makes me for so many reasons, the least of which that someone I gave my money to participated in this makes me utterly sick.
The fact that the owner of my favorite bookstore, the only antiquarian bookseller I know of in Pittsburgh also participated in this enrages me.
Much of what I own of value are rare books, mostly on horology, and there aren’t many places you can just walk in and find stuff like that. I have boughten quite a bit at Caliban over the years, but I will never give them a cent of my money again.
Since Townsend went away maybe 10 years ago, theres no one left in the city that sells real old books on technical stuff.
Anyone who harms books is scum to me.