the best words in the best order

“How wretched is the person who hangs on by the favors of the powerful.” – Robert BurnsWe so totally missed Robbie Burns Birthday. (Jan 25th) I can’t believe I didn’t have this marked on my calendar. Burns of the “ode to the haggis” and “luv is like a red red rose”…oh …who am I kidding?..poetry […]

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Alone together

“Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs” – Scott Adams. Hazzah! – Astronomers have found an earth like planet outside of our solar system (take THAT intelligent design fans) between that and all the bits of junk we have flying around the galaxy – […]

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If winning isn't everything, why keep score?

“No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read” – David McCullough. Whitbread awarded to Hilary Spurling for Matisse the Master : A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour: 1909-1954. £30,000 that’s a nice chunk of change. And while we are at it: 2006 Caldecott, Newbery, King Winners […]

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condemned to history

“Anyone who believes you can’t change history has never tried to write his memoirs.” – David Ben Gurion. Thanks to gentleman bookseller Samuel W. Coulbourn for the heads up about today’s tale of an intrepid Boston bookseller: “On this day…in 1776, Colonel Henry Knox reached the headquarters of the Continental Army in Cambridge. The young […]

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what a piece of work . . .

The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail authors are making life difficult for DaVinci Code Inc. but it’s basically Bambi v. Godzilla. Handy autograph image sites Jill Morgan & P. Scott Brown, if you can’t find what you want, try the Google Images search.Florida, of all places, is trying to protect it’s citizenry from Nabokov’s […]

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We blog, because we can.

“Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.” Gore Vidal From what I can gather about the several hundred blogs I have examined in the last few weeks….is that most of them are shite. Which is about right since 90% […]

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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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au contraire M. Voltaire

“Only your friends steal your books” Voltaire The first book I ever stole and the only one I will admit to pilfering was my brothers’s zebra paperback copy of Steal this Book. I think it was the first piece of subversive literature I ever read. I couldn’t believe there were books out there that actually […]

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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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