A “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore” is how owner George Whitman used to describe Shakespeare and Company.
Young travelers, aptly named Tumbleweeds can stay at the bookstore for free, in exchange for working at the store for a few hours a day. The only other requirements are that they read a book a day, and write a one page biography and include a photo to leave behind at the end of their stay.
It is a place that I wish to, one day, visit. And sleep between the stacks.
I found these beautiful photos by Molly Dektar from her stay at the French bookstore Shakespeare and Company.