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Churchill: Who'd like to buy Albany's only bookstore?

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22.06.2019

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ALBANY — A city is only as good as its best bookstore.

That's as true in this internet-fueled era of smartphone distraction as it was 30 years ago. Without books and pleasant places to buy them, humanity is lost. That's my opinion, anyway.

Happily, cities around here still have good bookstores. Northshire in Saratoga Springs. Market Block in Troy. Open Door in Schenectady.

And then there's the bookstore at the corner of Dove and Hudson in Albany, which in some respects is the most compelling of the bunch. Dan Wedge opened it 30 years ago, and, for many of us, it is an institution.

Dove & Hudson mostly sells used books, not new. It's a relatively small store. But somehow, the selection feels fresher and more relevant than what you'd find at any Bland Chain Bookstore out at the mall, where half the books seem to be written by a Kardashian.

The mall also lacks Wedge, who runs Dove & Hudson from under his trademark fedora. Kind and soft-spoken, he has devoted his working life to the significance of books and the words they contain.

Here's the thing, though, and the reason I'm writing this column........

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