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Busboys & Poets | Viva la Revolucion

Many scholars trace the coffeehouse phenomenon to the Beats of the 1950s (the decade and movement about which I happened to write my thesis, re: the existential impact of the Cold War on the newly-formed demographic of the American teenager), but that is too ethnocentric a view. All over the world, for centuries, coffee/tea house, as well as independent book sellers, have served as a hub of progressive dialogue and gathering places for citizens hungry to begin social movements (google it). I make it a point when I travel to seek out locally-owned coffee shops and/or book sellers. Some people collect key chains, I collect books and sweet smelling memories of cocoa and scones.

The history of Busboys and Poets (named in honor of the revolutionary Langston Hughes) is quite interesting, and also indicative of how so many local coffee shops establish cache in their community. Teaching for Change runs the bookstore and so this outing was a bit like a professional hajj for me. That's what I do all day every day, it's the basic catalogue of my office library, and if I could curl up in this bookstore forever and ever...I would. If you're interested in the background, click here and read on.

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