Grabbing moments where you can

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Some Chicago pictures, a set on Flickr.

I don’t travel often for work, but when I do I like to make the most of my time in whatever new location I find myself – even if it means mostly seeing the outside of a lot of buildings.

But whatever else I manage to cram in, there’ll always be a record shop or a bookshop or a record shop *and* a bookshop.

Much as I loved the window display (particularly the Mingus artwork) at the Jazz Record Mart on Chicago’s East Illinois Street, it was the next door After-Words Bookstore that I went in to. Their use of poetry-quote displaying bag-check tags even persuaded me to get around to finally buying a volume of Langston Hughes poetry.

From After-Words, thanks to the kindly assistent who Googled its location to point me in the right direction, I walked to Reckless Records on North Milwaukee Avenue, picking up records by The Decemberists and the new My Bloody Valentine album.

(If music and books are involved, it’s been a successful trip!)

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