Counterpoint Books is a cool and quirky used bookstore and record shop that has been around for 30 years on the Franklin Avenue strip in Hollywood. It offers a great selection of used books, CDs, DVDs, out-of-print VHS movies and a large choice of ’60s and ’70s vinyl records including jazz, punk and classic rock, and it’s all painstakingly kept in alphabetical order. Its ever-changing book collection boasts everything from enormous coffee-table books to tomes on Hollywood history, humanity, fiction, art, poetry, philosophy, graphic novels and the occult. The adjacent Harmony Bookstore, owned by the same couple, John and Susan Polifronio, offers rare, fragile, eclectic and collectible books dating to the 1700s. Included in its inventory is the 1779 Benjamin Franklin: Political, Miscellaneous and Philosophical Pieces, the only book Franklin published while he was alive; a large collection of military history from the 1700s; Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil, inscribed to his wife, Syrie; and a signed copy of Charles Bukowski’s first-edition The Roominghouse Madrigals. 5911 Franklin Ave., Hlywd. (323) 957-7965. —Christine Pelisek

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