Page Against the Machine
Justin Spring interviews Nicols Fox
In 1999, after an impressive career as an investigative journalist, author, and critic, Nicols Fox took up bookselling on idyllic Mount Desert Island in Maine, home of Acadia National Park. I recently discussed the transformations her little bookshop has undergone there, first operating out of her small Bass Harbor home, then from a picture-perfect shop front in affluent Southwest Harbor three miles away, and most recently as a "virtual bookshop" on the Web. As author of Against the Machine: The Hidden Luddite Tradition in Literature, Art, and Individual Lives (Island Press, 2002), Fox has described the historical importance of resisting new technology; nonetheless, she embraces it for bookselling.
JUSTIN SPRING: Where does the name Rue Cottage Books come from?
NICOLS FOX: "Rue Cottage" comes from a novel by
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