Elegy for the video store

As Netflix and on-demand change the way we rent movies, the corner video store is fading out. It's a greater loss than you might think.

Elegy for the video store
The aptly named Best Video, in Hamden, Conn., is an example of the increasingly rare independent video store. (Thomas McDonald/New York Times) Thomas McDonald/New York Times
By John Swansburg
July 9, 2006

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IN AN ESSAY recently published in The New York Times Book Review, John Updike noted that, ``mirabile dictu," the small New England city where he lives still holds an independent bookstore-"one of the few surviving in the long coastal stretch between Marblehead and Newburyport." (Full article: 1115 words)

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