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Google is a cruel Santa

Cruel Santa gives you everything you ever wanted – problem is he gives it to everyone else too. Such is life. I was miserating with Forrest Proper and Judith Tingley the other day, that sure, the internet makes buying the book you want easier, but it hasn’t done that same with browsing. You can easily […]

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day in the life

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.” – Alexander Solzhenitsynone book, one world – Chicago will join with All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature in […]

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Bullpen Book Club vols 2 & 3

” The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ St. AugustineLiterary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame,, ed. Victoria Brooks, GreatestEscapes.com 362 pages, 0968613705 –Literary Trips 2: Following in the Footsteps of Fame – ed. Victoria Brooks, GreatestEscapes.com 400 pages, 0968613713 True confession. I hardly ever […]

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bibliohysteria/bibliomania

A 120 year old poetry book, containing one poem containing the ‘N’ word…has managed to freak out some folks who think the a rare book section of a high school library should be completely sterile and inoffensive…just like the rest of their world. I just keep extrapolating this concept and it wraps itself around my […]

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Bullpen Book Club vol 1

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.” Oscar Wilde The Guinness Drinking Companion by Leslie Dunkling. New York: Lyons & Burford, 1992, 224 pages 1585746177. Everything you ever wanted to know about booze but where afraid to ask. Clever and entertaining little reference book that provides a general introduction to the history and range […]

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report from the front – england/silverman

Something happened recently that gave me a nervous breakdown. Some say it was a panic attack, but maybe it was months of built up tension and stress finally exploding. A dealer we know wanted to buy a whole bunch of our books. We needed the money because we were in tight financial spot. Of course […]

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next stop, dystopialand

“Get a good night’s sleep and don’t bug anybody without asking me.” – Richard M. Nixon Dystopia used to be the special needs child of literary topics appearing in public now and again only to recieve head shakes and polite aversion. We Yvgeny Zemyatin1984 George OrwellBrave New World Aldous HuxleyA Clockwork Orange Anthony BurgessFahrenheit 451 […]

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