Prelude to AAR: A Visit to Fields Book Store

Greetings from San Francisco! I've arrived safe and sound in the Bay Area, and have received warm hospitality from my lovely hosts. While you're reading this I'll be immersed in the proceedings of the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting, but yesterday I had some unstructured time, so I thought I'd spend it by visiting the legendary Fields Book Store, a vital outlet for metaphysical and esoteric material since 1932. Braving the BART and buses, and with the help of some kind elderly ladies, I soon arrived at my destination.David Wiegleb, current owner of Fields, who I've interviewed via email for a variety of stories over the years, was gracious and open about the challenges … [Read more...]