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1958 – Vladimir Nabokov‘s controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.

birthdays •
1922 – Alain Robbe-Grillet, French writer
1925 – Brian Aldiss, English writer

worth reading • from the Independent, the mystery that is Thomas Pynchon

ghost cooking • From Financial Times, a piece on the unsung hero of the celebrity cookbook world: The ghost writer/recipe tester.

site to see • looking for book hardware? Seven Gypsies has tons of it.

fair day

My intention was to nip up to Woodstock NH on Sunday and pop my head into the Vermont Summer Book Fair at the invite of Gary and Karen from Austin’s Books – as they say we make plans and God laughs. Actually, I think the course of my day was plotted from a warmer latitude.

Long story short: the Fair opened at 10:00am, I arrived about 3:30pm – now fill in the hours in between, be as creative as you want and don’t be afraid to use both sides of the screen. Not that I minded wasting half my day in the car, it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, NPR was coming in clear as a bell and I was highly caffeinated. What could be better?

Regardless, I saw some folks I hadn’t seen in a while and I STILL found something to buy: Pages of Yesteryear from Newton, CT sold me a super nifty deluxe The Roman Cookery Book a Critical Translation of The Art of Cooking By Apicius for Use in The Study And the Kitchen with facing page translation – which I could easily sell, but I am SOO gonna keep.

I got to talking to Gil Rodriquez from Gilann Books, Darien CT (those are his kids/workers at right) about what folks are bringing for stock. And I tell you, if I am buying things? Then people are bringing much more interesting stuff than they used to. I can clearly remember shows where nearly EVERY both had the same modern first dross that floods the internet. The booths that had the offbeat stuff got a lot more interest. Now it’s the reverse, people are leaving the boring stuff at home. I am not even talking EXPENSIVE stuff, just interesting and uncommon stuff. At this fair I saw vintage pulps and paperbacks in several booths that were in condition grades that were droolworthy. TRY finding those on the internet!

I just can’t get excited about browsing for books on a computer screen. One can only look for things you KNOW you want, it’s impossible to stumble upon stuff you don’t know you want until you see it. That’s probably what keeps me going to these things. The internet has taken the Shop out of Shopping – it’s just buying.


National Watermelon Day

birthday boys •
1904 –
Clifford D. Simak, American author (d. 1988)
1924 – Leon Uris, American novelist (d. 2003)

birthday girl • 1920 P.D. James, English novelist

talking head • Mother Jones magazine interviews Wole Soyinka

going digital • University of California is in talks to join Google’s controversial project to digitize great libraries and offer books online.

distopia alert • A young Tibetan writer was secretly sentenced to ten years in jail over a book he never published.

something new • the Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville has released a new title, “Louisa Solano and the Grolier Bookstore.” Solano ran the famed Grolier Poetry book Store in Harvard Square for more than 30 years. This book has anecdotes from various poets who patronized the store, plus an exclusive interview with Solano where she recounts her contacts with such writers and poets as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell and many others.

cookies • ILAB has announced the 2 winners of the 14th ILAB prize for Bibliography:
John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the 19th Century by Arthur and Janet Freeman and A Bibliography of 17th century Numismatic Books by Christian Dekesel

audio • NPR’s On Point talks to Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia.

food for thought • from NPR Scott Peacock, executive chef at Watershed Restaurant and author of The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from two Southern Chefs, commemorates the 30th anniversary of the late Edna Lewis’ southern cooking classic, Taste of Country Cooking.

Flag Hill Winery

went up to Flag Hill Winery with Abbott and Abbott.
bought a LOT of sippin wine:

North River Port • “New Hampshire’s first classic port. Aged in oak six years, this special port has qualities of black licorice, clove & layered almond, & balanced oak ending with a perfect amount of heat.”

Blueberry Moon • “Wild Main blueberries presented as an after dinner beverage. An enticing taste on its own, this savory wine made in a port styling is the fine compliment to the end of any great meal.”

Sugar Maple Liqueur • The sweet taste of New Hampshire Maple Syrup blended with the very best of General John Stark Vodka. A sweet sensation with a kick!

Heritage Red • “A smooth, mellow & sweet red dessert wine blended with pure NH maple syrup. Fragrant with a black cherry/nutty aroma.”

I would have bought the John Stark Vodka, but it would have taken me ages to finish it. but the Sugar Maple Liqueur is just EVIL in a bottle. it’s yummy.


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finally got rid of the dilettantes

inside-headso it’s just us…like Being John Malkovich you are now inside my head. and today was a particularly good day there. I still have a bit of the sinus infection…but i broke out the Flag Hill Apple Wine.  Which will probably out me right to sleep.

I got a few things accomplished. – so now i have only 3-5 things left to do. – that’s about normal for me. I made plans to make an appearance at the Vermont Book Fair March 26th. Hopefully I will live that long.

Brought home a bunch of books from the library which are just along for the ride. I haven’t had the energy to finish a book in AGES. I do managed to accumulate a shit load though.

Still watching back episodes of Arrested Development and I found it eerily comforting. but I think That’s too intellectual for me tonight….i think it’s a Wallace and Gromit evening. Cracking good toast. I didn’t know they had wallace and gromit cheese….i wonder if they will ship overseas?



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