Kepler’s in Menlo Park is a bookstore with a fifty year history of social activism. It began during the days of the civil rights movement, kept stirring the pot throughout Vietnam, and survived more than one arson attack in its determination that a bookstore is not just selling carrots, but ideas.
These days, Kepler’s might be mistaken for just another successful independent with a great location and a super cafe next door. A browser doesn’t notice any predominance of activist tomes, because it doesn’t really have one. Just great books, and a recognition that even in novels, even in entertaining mystery novels, one can find transformative ideas.
It is an honor to be asked to do an event for Kepler’s, and great fun as well–they sure know how to pull in a crowd!
And by the way, to Becca, my daughter posted a comment on yesterday’s blog about LSE. I should add, in case she hasn’t, that rational thought should not be expected of someone just coming off the extended rite of passage that is the British Exam. A dimmed room, soothing music, and mother’s cooking may restore her.