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JUL 2019

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14 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.19 WHERE I LEARNED TO LOVE E.B. WHITE "Caufield's Novelty on West Main Street is one of my favorite local haunts. My brother and I have made it a tradition to make an annual pilgrimage in the fall, so we can relish all of its ghoulish glory. It's not officially Halloween until I've stood before their infamous wall of ghastly masks, whose hollow eyes seem to follow me throughout my visit." — Shae Goodlett, illustrator ALL THE HOLLOW EYES I walked through the doors of Carmichael's for the first time in April 1978. The bookstore's original location was at the corner of Bardstown Road and Bonnycastle Avenue, and I lived just a few blocks away on Willow Avenue. The proprietors, Carol Besse and Michael Boggs (hence the name), offered me credit on my first visit. I still use that account regularly. Over the years — including during my tenure as book editor of the Courier-Journal — I'm not sure how many books I've accumulated. 10,000? 15,000? Many of them from Carmichael's. I've never had enough shelves. These days, a weekly trip to Carmichael's is a must. (Five years after opening, Carmichael's moved down the road to the corner of Bardstown and Longest Avenue, where it remains to this day. The store operated a branch for a time in Prospect and has for decades owned another one on Frankfort Avenue.) Inevitably, I walk out with something I didn't know about before, like the recent week when I found E.B. White's On Democracy, a new selection of his writings from the post-war era that seems especially pertinent in this unstable world of 2019. I've been buying his books there since the early days. As I approach 70, I still give younger friends White's One Man's Meat. When I need it, Carmichael's can get it. Quickly. And the staff will gift- wrap it for me. — Keith Runyon The original Carmichael's location at Bardstown Road and Bonnycastle Avenue.

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