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Bookshelf. Zimbali Retreat, Canaan Mountain, Negril, Jamaica.

Bookshelf. Zimbali Retreat, Canaan Mountain, Negril, Jamaica.

A friend of mine sent me a photo he took of a bookshelf at Zimbali Retreat, a Canaan Mountain eco-lux’ lodge 20 minutes uphill from Negril, Jamaica. And there, low and behold, is Life, as I like to say, Turns Man Up and Down in stellar company.  To my left is a book on Rastafarian [...]

Camilla Huey. Corset Portraits.

Sat. June 23 thru August. From “Seven Women in the Life of Aaron Burr”
Group Exhibition “Inspired by Design” NoMAA
Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC, NY 10032

Just for Kicks


One of my fav’ black “fashion” illustrators, the only one I know working in the genre in the 50s & 60s, Gene Bilbrew. Eric Stanton introduced Bilbrew to Irving Klaw, who gave him his start with bondage illus. When he o.d.ed in ’74, he was living in the back room of one of Eddy Mishkin’s [...]

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