there would have been a photo of a stack of copies of harry potter
and the half-blood prince
sitting in a storeroom waiting to go out
onto the salesfloor here, but the bookstore owner declined my request
for a photograph. dammit. he DID say that an unnamed store in the
lafayette-west lafayette area broke the sales embargo and sold copies
last night, so take that how you will.

in a related note, von’s will be open at midnight to sell copies of the
book. i remember when they would open at midnight for guns-n-roses,
R.E.M. and nine inch nails. something is very very wrong here.