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romancing the book

Romance is the fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of things as they are. In the novel the writer’s thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination.” – Ambrose Bierce The corpses of couples have always littered the literary landscape – where […]

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ship of paper

HOW COME NO ONE TOLD ME THERE WAS A BOOKSHIP?? MV Doulos is owned by Gute Bücher für Alle e.V. (Good Books for All), a private, non-profit, charitable organisation registered in Germany, basically it’s a floating book fair.Over 18 million visitors have been welcomed on board for tours, programmes and visits to the floating book […]

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I miss being naughty

“There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written, that is all.” – Oscar WildeSo, I was introducing a couple of friends of mine to the BBC-MYSTERY! Mrs Bradley Mysteries and it occured to me that I miss being naughty. Okay, that does need some explanation, […]

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bits n'pieces

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” Charles Dickens I was cruising around for something, I can’t remember what now….and found the UT-Austin conservation department’s site…which is surprisingly well put together. They usually ain’t this nice. P. Scott Brown and the fine folks at Fine Books and […]

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change lobsters and dance

Good news everyone! Someone (besides Oprah) is selling something to someone in this crazy business! Time Warner is selling its book group to Lagardère for $537.5 million. What does this mean to the average bookseller on the street? absofreakinglutelynothing. Decisions made at the megaconglomerate level don’t usually trickle down to us. But it does indicate […]

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sunday in the park

The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it’s also full of fourth-rate readers. – Stan Barstow. (who is stan barstow?) Okay the Bullpen is finding it’s format footing… Monday thru Friday will be tidbits in the news or on the net that may be of general interest to old bookies. Saturday will obviously […]

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one small step . . .

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow. “ – Robert GoddardToday in history Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chafee died in a launch pad fire. I remember reading about it in Mailer’s Of a Fire […]

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slow news day

“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” – M. C. Escher Our friend Wm. Blum “I can’t go to Cuba because my country is run by idjits”. Is back in the news. Apparently Osama has time on his hands to do a little reading. French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy retraces Tocqueville’s […]

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Bookseller Porn

“I keep to old books, for they teach me something; from the new I learn very little.” – VoltaireIf I had a nickel for every time someone said to me “have you READ all these books?” I wouldn’t need to sell books for a living. Contrary to popular belief booksellers don’t have time to READ […]

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It's still spinach

“Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.” – James Joyce Yes this is it. This is the Holy Grail all booksellers look for. James Joyce’s Ulysses. Unlike the stock market the value never goes down, it only goes up. Signed firsts […]

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