Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

21 Jun 2008, 22:12 p.m.

Goodbye, Cody's

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2008 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Cody's Books is closing. As in, all their stores. Forever. I am sad and angry. The Cody's that I loved, the location at Haste and Telegraph (where I worked for ten months just after college), closed last year. But this is the final death, the final vanishing. Here's hoping Moe's is doing well.


eric fischer
22 Jun 2008, 17:47 p.m.

Oh that is sad. We were in Berkeley on Friday evening and wondered why there were no lights on in the store, but couldn't read the sign from across the street.

22 Jun 2008, 22:06 p.m.

I realize now that saying it "is closing" was a subconscious way for me to avoid saying "has closed." As in, kaput already.

29 Jun 2008, 1:07 a.m.

I'm very sad about it. I was so excited that Shattuck had become the kind of book row that Telegraph used to be, what with Other Change, Comic Relief, Half-Price Books, Cody's and Pegasus Downtown.