Letter to the Editor

Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 8:00pm
Posted by Margaret Faye Jones

Probably no place has punctuated my Nashville life as much as Davis-Kidd. When I moved here, I was in my late twenties; now I’m getting letters from AARP. And DK has been a part of every one of those years. I can’t imagine Nashville without this store.

Davis-Kidd was where I shared a kiss while perusing the classics section one cold January day. It was the place I spotted a former boyfriend having coffee with his new lover in the café. Its aisles of books supported me when I was heart-broken but couldn’t bear to stay at home any longer. It was one of the places that I always took my parents and sister when they came up to visit. It has been the home of my writing group every other Thursday for almost two decades now. I’ve read stories to my little "niece" in the children’s section, and it breaks my heart that my little "nephew," born this past September, will never have this experience.

No trip to Green Hills has ever been complete without stopping in to see what’s new at Davis-Kidd. It probably sounds melodramatic, but this store is a part of me. And I will feel incomplete for a long time once it’s gone.     

70 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 11/15/10 at 6:41

Couldn't agree more with this LTE. I must say however, I
never felt as good about the Mall locations as I did the
previous. Not pretending that was the reason since the
ownership is a multi-locations company that has declared
bankruptcy. Parking was OK if you wanted to visit a store
or two within the mall, but a pain if one just wanted to visit the
bookstore!

By: dargent7 on 11/15/10 at 6:51

This is how I felt when Pep Boys drowned on Charlotte Pike last May.
I miss the mechanics who look like they just got out of prison.
I needed a new battery, so they installed one DEAD, never attempted to start the car to see if it worked.
Saw an ex-girlfriend there once in the tire Dept., and the sorry fool who's with her now.
Yes, change is tough.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 6:56

Good morning, Nashville!

Lots of nostalgia this morning. Ken Whitehouse and Margaret Faye Jones both address issues with nostalgia in mind. Whitehouse eschews nostalgia for the fairgrounds and Ms. Jones embraces it for the DK store that meant so much to her over the years.

It seems that nostalgia and economics do not mix in Nashville. To me, an outsider, that is a pity. When human emotional attachments to a place take a back seat to profits, landmarks get razed and a community's uniqueness gets sent to the landfill along with the debris from the torn down buildings.

One-of-a-kind structures are then replaced with cookie-cutter development. Franchised look-alikes sprout up from the cleared off ground..like cute Walt Disney mushrooms.

Factor in the kickbacks and perks for Metro decision-makers, do a little research and one can see where the the pressure for "renewal" is coming from. It's a sham, a scam and a flimflam.

Nashville needs to get the special interest realtors and developers off the Metro Council. Their "public service" is motivated by selfishness.

Not convinced? OK, go ahead and put profits before people and pretty soon, Nashville will resemble all the other cities that urban renewed themselves into mediocrity.

By: dargent7 on 11/15/10 at 8:04

Loner: Not to upset you, but did you read about the motorcycle club, "SaddleTramps"'s accident in CA?
Horrible as life gets.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 8:23

The only thing left out of the LTE is that one of the librarians was named Jean-Luc.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 8:43

Yes, Darge, I read about it; very tragic and certainly needless...according to the reports I read, some idiot in a Gold Honda Civic tried to pass the massed riders and a Dodge Avenger or some such hot rod, in the oncoming lane veered into the riders head-on, rather than going off to the right, the Dodge driver veered left, into the riders. The Honda kept on going...the jerk may not have even noticed what happened in his rear view mirror....maybe the driver(s) were texting or on the phone....we may never know.

I truly fear drivers on the phone, when I'm on my bike; that and deer at dusk....it kind of detracts from the fun....maybe I'm just getting too old and too wary....I've seen a lot of dumb moves on the highways over the years; now I am somewhat "fortitude challenged".

I wonder if the riders were in single file or two abreast. I took the Motorcycle Safety Course in '97 and they recommend that riders ride single file, so as to give you more room to maneuver, in case of emergency. This was a club event; clubs often ride two abreast..

Me, I ride alone and I take the whole lane for myself, that's the smart way to ride, IMO.....besides, riding a bike with a NYS vanity license plate bearing the name "LONER" should always be a solitary affair....it's the image thing.

My heart goes out to the families of those and all riders who die in the pursuit of happiness.

By: slacker on 11/15/10 at 8:51

Dear Margaret, get a dog.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/10 at 8:56

Good morning.
http://poietes.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/sunrise-through-trees.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/10 at 8:58

I did not go to Davis Kidd after it was sold. The reason I suppose was that it would never be the same. Once something changes hands the flavor is lost with the new ownership.

Time change and new ways to get information come about. It is easy to read a Kindle and go to Starbucks. I prefer to hold a real book in my hands and read at Starbucks.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 9:03

You're old school, nemo. I am too. I like turning pages, scribbling notes, etc.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 9:05

That sunrise looks like one I saw at Brushwood during my annual summer retreat, Captain Nemo...minus the nude nubile nymphs, of course.

By: bfra on 11/15/10 at 9:11

Nemo - Looks like Robin Hood & his Merry Men should come riding thru at anytime!
Good morning & nice sunrise.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 9:12

Actually, I prefer reading a screen as opposed to a book...you can enlarge the text, cut-paste pertinent passages and store the good stuff in a designated file...along with your own commentary. Books take up space on a bookshelf and just add to the clutter, IMO. Of course, books have advantages too; they are immune to hacking, solar flares, plasma anomalies, power outages etc.

Marshal McLuhan talked about all this stuff back in the 60's and 70's...indeed, in many ways, the medium is the message and right now, we are taking part in a global village discussion, in real time.....to me, it is quite amazing.

McLuhan is now gone, but his theories and predictions still have merit, IMO.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 9:20

I don't consider books as clutter.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/10 at 9:22

I could not get any closer with out being seen, Loner. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/10 at 9:25

There is something beautiful to me about books on a shelf. Adventure waiting for someone to discover.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/10 at 9:28

Got to go. I check back later.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 9:29

There is also an environmental component to the equation. At one time, not too long ago, newspapers used up immense quantities of newsprint, as if there were no environmental consequences. Magazines and books used up mountains of paper too.

All that is changing. Why purchase a newspaper when Google News offers 4,500 news media sources around the clock, all included with your basic online service package? Imagine the stack of paper that 4,500 print news sources would create - every day.

Yes, I realize that lumberjacks, ice-road truckers, paper mill workers and people working in the newsprint and ink industries would be SOL if everything suddenly went online only; but that ain't gonna happen anytime soon. There may be lay-offs, however.

There will always be a market for the hard copy. New media do not totally displace the old ones, they do cause them to evolve. TV did not eradicate radio, just as radio did not eradicate print. It's a safe bet, the new and future media will not totally eradicate the old ones.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 9:30

My kids like to point to a book and have me tell them what it's about. Hopefully, this interest will lead them to actually take the book off the shelf and read it one day.

Then another...then another.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 9:34

Of course, they also give my wife something to throw at me...

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 9:39

Your point is well taken, Gd. My wife and I read to our kids from books; they went on to enjoy reading...and writing. My kids also like it when I would tell them a story out of my head...I kind of made it up as I went along.....this was unapproved by the authorities, of course. They sometimes still ask me about some of those home-made bedtime stories. I should have recorded them, I suppose.

By: dargent7 on 11/15/10 at 9:42

Speaking of books...my 8th grade English Comp teacher told us he read the "Dictionary".
Something about that gay couple, Merriam-Webster. Couple of fun guys, to be sure.
So, I did too. That's why my grammar is impervious and beyond reproach.
My 2nd year college English Lit professor told us he read Encyclopedia Britannica, for "entertainment".
Combining the two, I know what is, and how to spell, Aardvark.
That's as far as I got.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 9:45

I do that too, Loner. My daughter was not amused that Cinderella didn't get the Prince because of her excessive foot fungus...

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 9:53

I own a big, fat Funk and Wagnalls that dates back to the early 20th century. It has incredible graphics and it contains words like "quadroon", for example. It is a reflection of values and mores of the day as well as providing excellent definitions. The list of "common abbreviations", for example, contains items that are not all that common today. To me, a book like that is more valuable than any Holy Scripture from any religion......when you know the language, you know the people.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 9:57

LOL, GD. You gotta wonder how many unwashed feet tried on that glass slipper before Cindy did....no Lysol back then.

My kids favorite story was one I spun about a potato chip that went on a journey to find The Great Dip.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 10:07

My kids are grown women now, Gd...appreciate the time that you now have with your children. I made mistakes....lost my temper at times when I should have had more patience, for example. When I see that TV commercial- where the kid walks on the fresh cement sidewalks - it reminds me of the times when I could have been more forgiving. Just about any male can fertilize a human egg; but not everyone can be a good father.....therein lies the rub.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 10:14

Oops...s/h/b "just about any human male can fertilize a human egg; but not everyone can be a good father.....therein lies the rub." (Did not wish to go trans-species here.)

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 10:45

Current Events:

Here is a snippet and link to a Jerusalem Post story appearing today and entitled, "Second squadron of F-35s is ‘an offer hard to refuse’, by YAAKOV KATZ . Here's the snippet:

".Israel signed a contract for 20 F-35s – a fifth-generation stealth fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin – in early October in a deal valued at $2.75 billion. Under the offer made to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his meeting last week with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Israel would receive a second, free squadron of the advanced fighter jet if it agrees to impose a three-month freeze on settlement construction."

Here's the URL for the Jerusalem Post article:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=195342

There's more than that in the US offer. Instead of objecting to the recent announcement of 1,300 more new housing units for Jews Only in occupied east Jerusalem, President Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is offering more carrots, in the form of more sticks, to be used to whump Israel's perceived enemies....at US taxpayer's expense. We are talking billions here, folks.

But wait, there's more! The US has agreed that Israel can garrison troops in any future Palestinian state....and we will provide the extra money to finance that long-term occupation.

But wait, there's more.....the US is also promising to block any UN vote that Israel finds contrary to its national interests...in the UNSC and in the General Assembly. This means thwarting any "unilateral Palestinian efforts" to gain recognition by way of UNGA Resolution. This means rejecting the UN's Goldstone Report, which criticized the IDF in the Gaza War in 2008. This also means shielding Israel from blame for its murderous assault on the Gaza Aid Flotilla, earlier this year. And so on.

But seriously, that's not all, the Jews Only housing units in occupied east Jerusalem are not included in the proposed 90-day freeze....and this partial, temporary freeze will be the last one that the US will ask for.....we promise. After that the Israelis will be free to build wherever they please.

And still, some Israeli MK's are trying to nix this fabulous deal.

Obama must be desperate to salvage the foundering "peace talks"...selling our UN vote to a foreign nation, any nation is beyond foolish.....but no federal lawmakers will oppose the deal...we have been sold out, folks....and the "US-Israel special relationship" was not even a minor election issue....the national sell-out was and remains extremely bipartisan.....add in the Tea Party and it's tripartisan.

By: localboy on 11/15/10 at 11:21

Good one, slacker.

By: courier37027 on 11/15/10 at 11:22

Davis-Kidd should cushion the coffers of elected representatives, thus ensuring bailout and stimulus money. Because bailing out Wall Street hasn't trickled to Main Street as promised.

By: budlight on 11/15/10 at 12:29

Promised by George and not held up by Barack. Both of them have "weenied out".

Speaking of books, who wants to buy my Red Book of Mao? We are liquidating and putting house on market. I want to sell it before real estate ownership fades from the American - you can have it all - dream. The taxes, maintenance, upkeep, yard work, insurance seems to have turned the DREAM into a nightmare.

Rent, my new mantra.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 12:32

"The taxes, maintenance, upkeep, yard work, insurance seems to have turned the DREAM into a nightmare."

Taxes and insurance aren't that bad, depending upon where you live. As far as yard work and upkeep, maybe you're just lazy.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/15/10 at 12:33

The Rent is Too Damn High!

Home ownership is the way to keep your costs down when you move into retirement (fixed income).

As a rule of thumb you can always count on rent increasing every few years.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/15/10 at 1:00

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0CBpXG0_ZM

That was March 3rd. Now today he says he won't participate in his own ethics hearing because he hasn't had time to find an attorney.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/sc-dc-rangel-trial-opens-20101115,0,3395245.story

Is such a person acceptable to be making laws that affect all of us when he can't arrange his own defense when given over 7 months time?

I guess he knows what Sarah Palin was feeling before she resigned as governor.

By: dargent7 on 11/15/10 at 1:06

Anyone catch "Sarah Palin's Alaska" last night?
If she runs, and wins, I'm moving to a place so far away, so desolate, so backwards, so dangerous...yes, Detroit.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 1:14

Darge, if I wanted to see a trainwreck I'd go see the new Denzel Washington movie.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/15/10 at 1:30

She might run, but she won't win.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 1:37

I don't watch those phony reality shows, Darge. You gotta be a voyeur to watch stuff like that, IMO.

Palin is de-demonizing her image, and getting a reported million bucks per episode...some 8 are planned.... to do it. She's at least as smart as Junior Bush is and she's good at memorizing one-liners and she knows how to not answer a question. She's got all that and relative youth...plus the T&A of a Hollywood star. This lady has all the necessary cards to rule in America today.

The GOP will be forced to nominate this woman to the Presdential-VP ticket; if they do not, she could go rogue and rip the GOP a new hind sphincter. She is a momma Grizzly....she'll kill for her clan.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 1:46

She's pandering to the lowest common denominator in America, TLC viewers.

Unless things change in the next year and a half, a stuffed animal could beat Obama.

By: dargent7 on 11/15/10 at 1:47

gD: Or watch a Titans game.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/10 at 1:49

Loners 8:29 has many good points and I do agree with him and I think a forest of standing trees has more to offer to life. However there are other means to produce paper other than tress.

By: dargent7 on 11/15/10 at 1:52

I think you underestimate the American voter. They ARE that dumb.
Ever watch Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men"? It's by far the dumbest piece of crap ever televised, but he makes $20. mil. a year doin' it.
I think if we cross breed the viewer who watches "The Kardashians with, "Two and a Half", splice in "South Park" and "The Simpson's", we have your typical voter.
Palin could win.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 1:55

Hey, the Bills beat the Lions...they are 1 and 8.....not quite NFL headlines, but here in Bill's country, it was heart-warming...but blacked out...no sell-out at the stadium (80,000 capacity).

The Learning Channel (TLC) seems to be ill-named ...more like The Indoctrination Channel. (TIC)

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 1:58

Thank you, Captain Nemo.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/10 at 2:03

I watch Two and a Half men all the time. Love the Simpson, but I could never vote for Palin.

BTW My Dolphins won.

By: Loner on 11/15/10 at 2:12

GD, Palin is a stuffed animal...in a metaphorical sense. Everybody loves those Beanie Babies. You just wanna snuggle 'em.

Not only that, Mr. Obama has alienated the middle and disappointed the leftist wing of his voter coalition.

In spite of Obama's generosity towards Israel, the Jewish vote may go against him, if and when the peace talks fail to deliver anything besides more violence, hate and despair. The man is taking a huge foreign policy gamble...he is betting the farm, the house and the outhouse on this one.

Darge, we may have to leave the country, if Mrs. Palin takes over the job of governing the republic and commanding our armed forces. There may be camps in the works....re-education facilities....mate fear-based governance with a pretty face and a comely ass and anything becomes quite possible.

Obama has not rolled back the Executive power grab effected under Bush-Cheney, Mrs. Palin would exploit those new wartime powers to the max...you betcha!

By: dargent7 on 11/15/10 at 2:18

Palin has FOX News behind her, and millions of viewers and Rupert has billions.
Reminds me of all the clout papa Joe Kennedy had to get JFK into the WH.
She's just the right mix of "folksey" catchy "numbing" phrases and disdain for the government, there may be a backlash.
She could pull it off.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/15/10 at 2:19

Changes made after Palin is elected President.

Our National symbol the Bald Eagle will become the Pink Mama Grizzle.

By: gdiafante on 11/15/10 at 2:21

The difference being that JFK had a brain.

Palin's gone from cutesy to dangerous. That happens when you get enough backing. I wouldn't put anything past this country.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/15/10 at 2:49

Simple guys, we'll train Australian Shepherd dogs. Drop them off at the polling places and have them herd the sheep away from the ballot machines.

I doubt we'll see Obama or Palin win in 2012. But I guess anything could happen.