The Pleasures of the Library


“Two years ago, I suddenly needed, while doing a tricky translation, to look up something in the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the one that comes with a magnifying glass on account of the very small print – and although it is described as “compact”, it has taken up a lot of room [...]

José Martí visitation at Jumel Terrace Books

JTB Jose Marti

Confidence Men, Feb. Jumel Terrace Books, 2005


I’ve always wanted to write a Confidence Man story for thugs and the women who love them.  A Mookie Jackson story. As I once wrote in a piece on the Ghetto Harlequin phenomenon, regards founding father Daniel Defoe, “One of street literature’s great subjects has always been the highlife player, the big-dicked, bejeweled raconteur/entrepreneur, no [...]

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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 [...]