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

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“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

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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 [...]