Michael Moorcock

The Best Bookstore

“…the best bookstore would have no genre labels in it at all. That’s absolutely been my aim all along: to get rid of those distinctions.”

Michael Moorcock


As someone who prefers his stories to be a cross-genre, this line really resonated with me. The quote comes from a great little write up from a recent appearance by the man himself where he discussed his work and his time at New Worlds. It’s worth a read.

2 thoughts on “The Best Bookstore

  1. I’m not a fan of Moorcock but I did find the article on him interesting. I just can’t go for the idea of bookstores without genres. I mean many people’s reading interests differ and it would be frustrating and chaotic looking for works we like to read. I can, however, go for crossed-genres.

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    1. I don’t think he’s seriously suggesting we do away with genre labels within bookstores. I think it’s more of a thought experiment regarding how books get labeled (or mislabeled) and also a well-meaning criticism on those who only read a specific genre and are unwilling to explore beyond.

      The only Moorcock I read with the Elric stuff, and it didn’t resonate with me. That said, I appreciated his work at New Worlds. A lot of cool stuff was released under his guidance.

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