Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

Borders is dead, now relegated to memory. And it turns out we have a lot of memories of the place, sad and dying as it might have been for a while! Join us as we pay tribute to a hangout.

We asked you all for your Borders memories via Twitter, and your collective hearts poured out. Although not all of you will miss the place for the actual purchasing of paper books (if at all), its death still marks the end of an era. Even if it was an era of free toilet use and general loitering.


You can keep up with Sam Biddle, the author of this post, on Twitter or Facebook.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

The headphones! So many teenage hours spent there listening to Dr. Dre, long before I had the ability to steal his music online.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

This is where I start choking up.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

It was sort of zen, wasn't it? Especially the books about Zen.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

When the office building you're in collapses, blame this young man.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

There were hookers in your Borders!? I feel deprived.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

Tee hee. By "play" he means sex.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

When she grows up she'll be nostalgic for Kindles.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

Zing. No but seriously this is why the company died.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

Ugh. That explains my lifetime of cauliflower ear, I suppose.

Saying Goodbye to Borders: The Place We Ate, Drank, Pooped, and Sometimes Bought Books

What, you mean huddling over an e ink screen together isn't as charming?