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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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Books for the Childish

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” – Marcel Proust Bullpen Day three. Still here. Despite wrestling futilely for two days with the blogging template. Apparently the thing LOOKS differently to different people. Well too bad. this is what we are living […]

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Faking it for all it’s worth.

“Half a truth is often a great lie.” – Benjamin Franklin Bullpen day two, so far so good. According to the AP all future editions of Jame Frey’s Million Little Pieces will have author’s disclaimers attached to them. I have these nightmares about a future where used bookshops are hip deep in trade paperback editions […]

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A Pen Warmed Up In Hell

“It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism.. . .” Our apologies to Mr. Twain. This is the 1st post of the Bullpen, I hope to use it to share gossip about what books are […]

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