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

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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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A century of bookselling in Karachi. Zubeida Mustafa.

NOT many readers would have visited Juna Market, the commercial hub of Karachi where hardware and spices compete with halwa puri to find buyers. In the ocean of commodities catering to hedonistic pleasures stands a lone modest-looking bookshop that seeks to nourish the mind. It has been doing that for 102 years, an anomaly among [...]

Old Fashioned Romance: A Couturier’s Tale.

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PERISCOPE MAGAZINE : STYLE/DESIGN by Ashley Davidson / Photos: Seth Tillett. Vanity, that most punishable of vices, so often exposes the one thing we most intend for it to conceal: our selves. The couturier serves as wizard, historian and heretic, harnessing vanity to create deities from the detestable, while disguising the average as extraordinary. Above [...]

The Book Problem

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Were the problem book people like us, it would soon go away.  It is not our weaknesses, or our sentimentality, or our nostalgia.  It’s As If’ we’ve become obsolete and we haven’t.  By ‘we,’ I mean We the People of the book: Jews, Christians, Islamic people and a lot of people who believe what they [...]

Maxims by the Pound

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From ABC of Reading. Ezra Pound. Literature is language charged with meaning. Literature is news that STAYS news. If a nation’s literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays. Your legislator can’t legislate for the public good, you commander can’t command, you populace (if you be a democratic country) can’t instruct its ‘representatives’, save by language. [...]

from my forthcoming, Principles of Retail

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Users shouldn’t deal and dealers shouldn’t use  Somebody other than me must have said Reading is a finer world within the world.  Presumably an unpunished vice, my relationship to literature has at times smacked of self abuse. So much so I’ve been called promiscuously well read.  It is a solitary past time, during which time you aren’t [...]

Maxims

Premise:  Books Are Weapons recognizes the revolutionary effect literacy can have on reclaiming our independence from the confines of mediocrity. Literacy enables the self-determination necessary to enjoying the basic human rights. Literacy, bring a tool for coming to terms with one’s otherness, effects a change of consciousness more significantly than any other stimulant to the mind. [...]

Paul Robeson’s thoughts on the Morris Jumel Mansion.

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“I am an American. From my window I gaze out upon a scene that reminds me how deep-going are the roots of my people in this land. Across the street, carefully preserved as an historic site, is a colonial mansion that served as a headquarters for General George Washington in 1776, during desperate and losing [...]

2012 New York Antiquarian Book Fair. Park Avenue Armory

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This weekend’s New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory was the expectably tame assembly of devotes of and traders in the printed page would have been just like the previous 36 relatively conventions I’ve attended.  This year I toured the booths with Herb Boyd and Daa’iyaa Lomax Sanusi and had to laff.  [...]