gettysburg 90210

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” Abraham Lincoln

Other booksellers have always advised me to specialize, and they are probably right, but I never could decided on ONE specific subject that fascinated me right down to the ground. I guess if you carve out your own little niche, people will have to come to you – well that’s what supposed to happen. And so far so good for Chicago’s the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, who specializes in . . . you guessed it ol’ Honest Abe hisself. Hmm…when’s the last time we called a US President anything but “that dirty rotten bastard”?

BTW The National Gallery is having a lovely Dada exhibit, no it’s not bookish…but the longer I live the more I think Dada was profoundly prescient.

wicked cute idea the Reading Olympics of Hoboken

shopping news: Bonhams & Butterfields auction house managed to get $15K for a 1943 complaint letter from William Faulkner.

leftover:
NYRB a review of The Letters of Lytton Strachey edited by Paul Levy

smutpeddling? Are African-American authors padding out their books with smut to increase saleability? I don’t really care personally…but this NYT op-ed piece by Nick Chiles from last month posed the question. Professor Brenda Greene seems to agree in her letter to the editor. Philly journalist Jeff Guinn has a reply.

banktoaster:
Haruki Murakami has a new story available online in the New Yorker A Shinagawa Monkey

There’s hope for us all: Allan Guthrie,
40 year old bookstore clerk resigns after getting £50,000 advance for hard-boiled novels.

“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” – Abraham Lincoln

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