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The Last Word, on Jumel Terrace Books

“Reading’s the liberating device because it makes the world yours. It’s like Miss Metcalf says in my book The Spyglass Tree: windows on the world. You see, when you sit in the library you own it. How can you segregate a guy who’s coming to terms with the whole world? If your acceptance of the [...]

Welcome to the Dark Ages

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Poster by George Horner.

I Have Succeeded. Closing August 1st.

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After Hours. Jumel Terrace Books, July 4th, 2015.

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Announcement: Closing shop Aug 1st.

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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

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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

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