A Conversation With Seattle’s Enigmatic Peter Miller
“You judge a shop like mine by the books I don’t have,” says Peter Miller the enigmatic Seattle bookshop owner. Long before the online bookseller based in the same city became a ubiquitous household name, Miller had carved out a unique niche with a thoughtfully restrained store selling wonderful books on architecture and design. Anyone who has had the fortune to stop into his emporium and ask the often-slightly-disheveled owner a question will be rewarded with an answer that could veer off in as many directions as the number of books on his precisely arranged shelves. “A book sits mute until you open it,” he announces. Then, pausing, seemingly waiting for a response, he continues with a flourish of words that convince you, Peter Miller loves what he does, and he will talk for as long as it takes to convince you of his passion. Along with being an arbiter of style, Peter is the author of two books on another of his obsessions, food, Five Ways to Cook Asparagus (and Other Recipes): The Art and Practice of Making Dinner and Lunch at the Shop: The Art and Practice of the Midday Meal. Peter Miller will be Norman B’s guest on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.
“What music would I curate for Peter Miller’s store?” asked Norman B. He offers two examples, from Melbourne, Australia, Tiny Little Houses with You Tore Out My Heart and from Derry, Ireland, Ryan Vail with Mirrors..
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