I very rarely go to shoping malls. Yesterday I went to a large mall in a town near my house because I needed to go to a store I could only find in the mall. It had been several years since I'd been in that particular mall. While I was there I figured I might as well go to a bookstore and browse for something interesting to read during spring break.
But the two bookstores that were in that mall the last time I visited were gone. I checked the mall directory to see if they had moved to a different location, or if there was another bookstore. I learned a sad and scary fact: there are no bookstores in that mall. It's large mall with over a hundred shops. No bookstores.
Having made the effort to drive there, park, and enter the mall I decided to wander around a bit. I noticed a sad trend. Lot's of bling but no brains. The store for our local PBS station was gone, the nature store was gone, as were several other stores that catered to learning. I was so depressed I visited the See's Candy store, loaded up on chocolate, and left!