We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Spencer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
The balance unfortunately tipped over the years to “all work and no play makes Josh a dull boy.” I remember when I had time to actually read and hang out with friends and travel. Now, especially once COVID-19 hit and threatened the business, I’ve had to work even more. Thankfully, I love what I do but it is an insatiable monster and I fantasize about retirement every day!
What should our readers know about your business?
We’ve made one of the most fun, imaginative bookstores in the world! I am proud of the recognition we’ve gotten, and the experience we give customers from all over the world. It was surprisingly easy on one hand — all the right people came along for years when I needed their help and there was no shortage of imagination — but it took a lot of really hard work to realize on the other hand! I had to overcome my disability by learning to do what I could do best and then delegating the rest, which was hard for someone who likes to do it all. I just want the world to know that we want to help them find the best books ever and that they should visit us!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man, I’m the wrong person to ask since all I do is work (see previous answer!). I don’t really go anywhere in LA outside of home and work, sad to say! Worst tour guide ever.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my Dad. Without his (free) help building out the Last Bookstore, we never would have been able to afford to realize the vision. And without his insanely efficient and fast work ethic as an example to me, I might never have known how to work my ass off as an adult.
Jenna Spencer, James Martinez