“Naturalist” Greets Book Lovers in Quartzsite
QUARTZSITE — It doesn’t take Paul Winer long to get dressed for work. When he gets up in the morning, he puts on his cowboy hat, sunglasses, sandals and a necklace. That’s all. Except for a tiny thong that covers a small area located at the confluence of his left thigh and right thigh. Then it’s off to Readers Oasis Books, his place of business, where a sign on the front door warns those who enter that the owner is friendly, but he’s not wearing much.
Winer identifies himself as a naturalist, not a nudist, and says he’s been dressing (or undressing) that way for many years, way back to when he performed as a next-to-naked musician known as Sweet Pie along the East Coast. He also says he has spent a lot of time in court, defending his attire. Or lack of it. He does make one alteration in his wardrobe — in winter, he wears a sweater. But it only comes down to his waist. He often poses for photos and always directs customers through his massive collection of books, magazines, compact discs and periodicals that take up almost every foot of indoor space. The store is located at 800 West Main Street.