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Knox College 2006 Commencement Address

Knox College 2006 Commencement Address Stephen Colbert, June 3, 2006 Thank you. Thank you very much. First of all, I’m facing a little bit of a conundrum here. My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen Colbert, who looks like me, and who talks like me, but who says […]

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report from the front •O'Donoghue Books

Here I am reporting from a field beside a field of sheep in the countryside that surrounds Hay on Wye, with Islington man/ woman attacking from all sides. No casualties so far but it is early days. The festival is in full swing.I went to hear Seamus Heaney last night – a most edifying experience, […]

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[I really really think we should let these people kill each other and then just kill the winners.]Iraqi tennis coach, players killed ‘for wearing shorts’Baghdad, Iraq 26 May 2006 10:27Gunmen in Baghdad killed the coach of the Iraqi national tennis team and two players, reportedly for wearing Western-style tennis shorts, an Iraqi Olympic official said […]

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report from the front – Lee Kirk

Whilst we were chatting, drinking tea, and conducting business the other day, my book conservator raised a question. She said that another bookseller had used the term “fly leaf” for what she regards as a free endpaper, explaining that in conservator terms the “free endpaper” was an extension of the paste-down endpaper. I said that […]

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report from the front – '06 Tijuana bookfair

The mayor of Tijuana opened the 24th annual Tijuana Bookfair. Both new and used books were available at anywhere from a 10% to 50% discount from their regular prices ( a customary feature of book fairs here). I found 3 shopping bags full I had to take home today and had another bag or two […]

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report from the front – Chris Volk

The Book Club effect on Trade Bookselling The argument has been made that book clubs like the Book-of-the-Month club were as threatening in their day to independent booksellers as Amazon and internet sales are today, but one can also argue that the BOMC had exactly the opposite efffect. The Book of the Month Club was […]

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report from the front – Bill Cole

This is simply too good not to share: Recently I have been selling, on eBay, a guide on how to avoid buying fake prints (etchings, lithographs, etc.)Naturally, there are many people who make their living selling fake prints on eBay, and they are up in arms about it. They have been harassing me in many […]

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report from the front – Watanabe

re: the 27th Annual Vintage Paperback Collectors Show “I had the pleasure of spending several hours with Chris Volk yesterday at the LA Paperback Show and also met Shep Iiams. We also connected with one of my favorite people, Jerry Blaz, who knows Chris from the IOBA board. Alice and Marty Massoglia’s table acted as […]

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report from the front – Jerry Blaz

From: Jerry Blaz Sent: Monday, March 20, 2006 9:46 PM Subject: Tom Stoppard argues that free speech is not an inalienable human right Tom Stoppard’s thoughts about the relativeness of the right to free speech to living in a liberal society stops short of considering all the other freedoms that network with that idea. Just […]

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JMHO I’ve been coming face to face with our friend Mr. First Amendment lately, everywhere I turn it’s an issue. When did we become afraid of words? When did it become okay to run things by the White House before it got published? When did the largest retailer in the land get final cut on […]

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