I've read The Timid Terrorist several times, and I often find myself wanting to go to Savannah and Beyond, Ryan's "new age" shop in the book, just to look around, check out the stuff, and chat with the proprietor. The whole concept here just fascinates me!
With a written description of the place, it's a given that everyone will conjure up (is this the right expression to use when describing a new-age shop??!!) his or her own mental image of the place. For me, I envision a large space in a very old storefront, complete with ancient brick walls and low light levels, the space is divided up into different "rooms" with low freestanding (and moveable) walls. I think that there's a room/area that has hundreds of different flavors of incense cones, another with crystals and gemstones ranging from common to rare and very expensive, and another section with thousands of books on new age/metaphysical/natural-supernatural subjects.
I think that with Ryan's artistic nature, he might also have a big section stocked with art supplies. Not the ordinary sketchbooks and modeling clay, but unique, one-of-a-kind materials that could inspire the creative spirit.
Perhaps all over the store, Ryan displays pieces of his own artwork. Even if they're not for sale, they call out to store visitors and nurture their very souls with their vast beauty and mystery.
At the very front of the store is a large old heavy wooden counter like you'd find in an alchemist's lab in the Middle Ages (and it looks to be that old, too) with a really old cash register on it and an incense cone always alight and adding an aura of pleasant mystery to the place. Behind that counter, if you're very lucky to find him running a shift, is Ryan himself, ready to engage his visitors in pleasant conversation. It was at this counter so long ago that Jon had the good fortune to meet Ryan and to fall under his spell.
Do you have any thoughts on Savannah and Beyond or any other places in The Timid Terrorist?
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