Originally posted on City Lights
City Lights: If you’ve been to City Lights before, what’s your memory of the visit?If you haven’t been here before, what are you expecting?
Chris Robé: I have been there many times. I think of the intimate environment with books nestled in wood and stacks and stacks of unheard-of ‘zines populating the magazine racks.
CL: What’s the first book you read and what are you reading right now?
CR: I don’t recall–probably something with Snoopy. I generally read a fiction and non-fiction book simultaneously. So I am reading both American War by Omar El Akkad and The United States of Jihad by Peter Bergen.
CL: Which 3 books would you never part with?
CR: Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; Roberto Bolaño, 2666; and Kafka, The Complete Stories.
CL: If your book had a soundtrack, what would it be?
CR: Lots of Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground.
CL: If you opened a bookstore tomorrow, where would it be located, what would it be called, and what would your bestseller be?
CR: I would like to establish one on a comet passing by the earth so it could have far reach throughout the solar system. I would call it The Ambassador as it will serve as a central place to liaison with alien life forms. The best-selling books would be tied: Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Yoss’s A Planet for Rent.