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“Perhaps I may clarify the historical background of the present situation if I say that the first industrial revolution, the revolution of the “dark satanic mills,” was the devaluation of the human arm by the competition of machinery … The modern industrial revolution [i.e., the computer revolution] is similarly bound to devalue the human brain [...]

Raymond R. Patterson.

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Computer Blues – Raymond R. Patterson.  Elemental Blues.  1984. I put my troubles in the computer To find out what’s troubling me. I say I put my troubles in the computer To see what’s the matter with me. My card had so many holes, Holes was all that I could see. But that ole computer [...]

Judith Gleason on “The wild old Nigerian!”

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Prefacing the Fawcett paperback, 1970. The title for Chinua Achebe’s first novel, Things Fall Apart, is taken from William Butrler Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming,” and the title for his second novel, No Longer At Ease, from T.S. Eliot’s “The Journey of the Magi.”  As Judith Gleason points out in This Africa, the choice of [...]

On Carmen Muñez: Washington Heights Conservationist


I often tell people that nothing in Jumel Terrace Books’ shrine was purchased but found on the local streets.  While most of the pieces were rescued with New Orleans’ own Delaney Martin from the fire at Botanica el Niño Jesús on Amsterdam & 163rd, nearly as many are street finds contributed by my old friend, [...]

Independent Book Store Day, Olé



On Sale Now: The Loves of Aaron Burr

Yinka Shonibare, MBE at the Morris-Jumel Mansion and Jumel Terrace Books


Yinka Shonibare MBE: Colonial Arrangements. May 1st – August 31st, 2015.  Morris-Jumel Mansion. In Stock Now

AM & FM NYC Circa 1983, playing now at Jumel Terrace Books


SOLID GOLD – 1190 AM & 89.9 FM     SOLID GOLD

Herb Boyd’s City College Harlem History Class at Jumel Terrace Books


Camilla Huey historicizing on The Loves of Aaron Burr Preston & Boyd on Black Detroit & HarlemBookstore cat / Doorman

In Harlem