Get away with it all

Vacation Books

London. Book bombing.

Front lines

Monday morning and I am still marveling at the tall so-fey Alabaman Alvin Ailey dancer who visited the shop on Saturday afternoon.  After fielding the usual query to my ulterior motives, I was informed that a lot of black people don’t like to be reminded of their past, as it is too painful. “A lot [...]

Literary ladies preferred. A short list.

Lady Murasaki, Isabelle Eberhardt, Willa Cather, Anna Akhmatova, Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, Anita Loos, Djuna Barnes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Rhys, Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Bishop, Flannery O’Connor, Dawn Powell, Caroline Gordon, Grace Metalious, Pauline Réage, Violette Ledoc, Claire Lispector, M.F.K. Fisher, Paula Fox, Patricia Highsmith, Joan Didion, Fran Lebowitz, Kate Millett, Susanna Moore, Nawal el-Saadawi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. [...]

Michael Suarez on Digital Books & the Future of Bibliographic Knowledge

If you can bear with the stodgy Grolier Club introduction, Michael Suarez, editor of The Oxford Companion to the Book, weighing in on the difference between the physical and the digital book is as good an explanation as I’ve heard of the most sub…

The Great Book Robbery

Biblioklepts.

The Bin Laden Library

BinLadenLibrary

“Gone but definitely not forgotten (especially by Obama). Nice library. Nice Kalash. Love the Kandahari guerrillero fashion. In the future he will be the subject of Uomo Vogue spreads.”  Pepe Escobar

Occupy Strand

If you have ever sold a book for or to the Strand you know there is nothing new in being taken advantage of by the Bass’s.  When we parted company in 1975, over the then deplorable working conditions, poverty wages, the abusive attitude of management to staff and the unionization of the shop, it was [...]

New at Jumel Terrace Books. I’ll Fix You. Hal Ellson. NY: Popular Library, 1956

I'll Fix You

A PUNK AND HIS WOMAN Every teen-age tough in Harlem’s underworld knew Ralph was Missouri’s boy, ready to carry out the gang leader’s every command – from mugging cabmen to handling dames who talked too much. When Ralph met sultry Gloria, he plotted to keep the pleasure-wild girl for himself.  But he knew Missouri’s “studs” [...]

For Sale: rare Charles Bukowski

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