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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stretching things.

“The pitifulest thing out is a mob; that’s what an army is–a mob; they don’t fight with courage that’s born in them, but with courage that’s borrowed from their mass, and from their officers. But a mob without any MAN at the head of it is BENEATH pitifulness.” Huck Finn. On this day in history, […]

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benchley roundup

“Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it’s compounding a felony.” Robert Benchley Peter Benchley passed Sunday of pulmonary fibrosis. Like everyone else I read Jaws after I saw the movie, which led me to read the Deep, the Island, White Shark and even Creature. I enjoy […]

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calendar girl

New Bullpen Features! See that sidebar thing on the left, the thing everyone ignores….yeah that thing…that thing that I spend so much time on…well there’s a new thing on that thing. The words “Bullpen Event Calendar” are new. Technically it’s called the Bibliophile Bullpen Events Calendar but that’s too damn many words. Addition of book […]

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the approval of seals

“Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.” John SteinbeckReviewsThe Devil’s Football – H.L. Mencken remembered.Speak of the Devil – Richard HawkePersepolis – Marjane SatrapiVeronica – Mary GaitskillGötz and Meyer – David AlbahariTwilight of the Superheroes – Deborah EisenbergWorld as Laboratory: Experiments With Mice, Mazes, and Men by Rebecca LemovUncentering the […]

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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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stupid selling tricks

I love this, I really do….it just expresses my entire view of selling books on the internet..somewhere between an Escher painting and a Kafka Novel. Title of Book: Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries (Paperback))ASIN: 0743451791Condition: Used – Like NewCondition comments: Your price: $2.00Quantity: 1Amazon commission (if sold): ($2.52) for standard shippingShipping credit […]

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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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