[Editor's Note: In honor of our 33 1/3 sale — buy two new (not used or sale) books from Continuum Books' 33 1/3 series, featuring critical writing on seminal albums, and get a third free — we're pleased to feature blog posts from some of the people behind the 33 1/3 series.]
I'm psyched to be writing a blog entry for Powell's Books. Since I live in Portland, OR, I often accompany friends to the actual physical store — usually the behemoth Burnside location. More often than not, we'll each get lost in the stacks for an hour, or more. I actually received a nice shout-out from Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff the other month about this very thing. In an interview he did for Pitchfork, Will recounts how we went to Powell's together and he said "Tell me what to buy," so I did. One of those books was apparently A Night of Serious Drinking by Rene Daumal, which then made enough of an impression on Sheff that it influenced his last album. Hooray!