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Monthly Archive October, 2009

Teeny-Tiny Bookstore

This is U-Needa-Book of Bandon, Oregon. I discovered this bookstore last summer during my vacation up the West Coast and have been meaning to post an image since then. Just came across it again on my computer. Better late than never?
The store is literally about 10×15 and occupies what looks to have formerly been a [...]

Daily Links – October 29, 2009

William S. Pumpkin-Burroughs. Offered without comment. The Beat great immortalized in squash.

Daily Links – October 28, 2009

“May we take some pictures of your books?” Book designers seek inspiration at rare book fair.
“I refuse to allow Stanley to get away with his robbery.” Great letter from Full Metal Jacket author and book thief (!?) Gastav Hasford from the fantastic “Letters of Note” blog.
Free Book Repair Training Manual. Looks useful. Via Bookfinder.
THE DIY [...]

SALE: Philip Roth

The Nobel Prize’s Susan Lucci, Philip Roth, may think that the novel will be nearly dead (“I’m not dead yet!” “He’s only MOSTLY dead.”) in 25 years, but that’s not going to stop me from pointing out a small group of his novels I just catalogued. Been meaning to do more “blog” specials. And now [...]

Daily Links – October 27, 2009

People read more than books. Kottke getting it exactly right with what’s wrong with Kindle/Nook/etc.

Phone Call of the Week Month Year.

“This is Brian. Can I help you?”
“Yeah. Where you located?”
“Um, I’m open by appointment. What was it you were looking for?”
“Are you looking for something in particular?”
“You know: esoterica. Says here you sell esoterica.”
“Yes, odd or unusual books are a specialty.”
“Book!? Naw. I’m looking more for like videos or DVDs.”
“Esoterica videos.”
“Well, I’m a bookseller.”
“But I [...]

Daily Links – October 21, 2009

Rosie the Riveter bookends. Yum.
My DIY publishing experiment, WITH A LITTLE HELP. This is the future of publishing and bookselling. Pay attention.
Essential plot twists for writers. 42 ideas for your third act. Not much new under the sun.
Google's page turners. Oops!

Daily Links – October 20, 2009

Model/Actress in Afrikaans photo-novels. Fascinating piece on a genre I never knew existed.

Daily Links – October 17, 2009

Why Your Idea to Save Journalism Won't Work (a checklist). Very funny. Painfully accurate.

Daily Links – October 16, 2009

UNPACKING MY LIBRARY. Elegant Variation unpacks his long-stored library and has an excellent book recommendation.
Alice in Wonderland nudes. Alice/pin-up mashup. A little SNFW.

Daily Links – October 15, 2009

Radical Militant Librarian tee. Must have. Too cool.

Daily Links – October 10, 2009

Ugly and Bizarre book covers. Our buddy William at Hang Fire got a nice plug on Boing Boing about, well…
Book Review: "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much". Jeremy’s got one of the best revews I’ve read so far. I’m reading the book now.
SLJ Editor to Cushing Academy Parents. An open letter to the bookless [...]

Daily Links – October 9, 2009

Rich guy dislikes poor people, wants local kids to "lose sleep" over plan to shut library. Rich a-hole works to close town library, makes kids cry. Really.

Daily Links – October 7, 2009

My (sort of) Fourteenth-Century Bar Mitzvah. “And so it came to pass that on the 27th day of Tishri in the year 5725, young Stephen ben Kenneth ben Edward ben Morris ben Aaron of the House of Gertz (formerly Gershowitz, “Horse Traders to the Czar Since 1826”), who dwelt in the land of Queens in [...]

Daily Links – October 6, 2009

Wondermark's Genre Fiction Generator. Easy peasy.

Daily Links – October 3, 2009

Hitchhiker homepage takeover. Wait? There’s going to be a Hitchhiker’s Guide app for the iPhone? sound of me rolling on the floor moaning with anticipation

Daily Links – October 2, 2009

Books in Hard Times: Conference Recap. Must-read summary, also from Philobiblos.
Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition Winners for 2009. Book Patrol has a great round up. Amazing work.
Collecting Bibliomysteries. Philobiblos has some excellent links to resources and lists about this sub-genre that so appeals to book lovers.
Vade Mecum. A bit old, but Laura from b00n3rd has [...]

Daily Links – October 1, 2009

Beloved Children's Books [Of Recent Note]. The staff of The Morning News recall their favorites.
Cassette tape skeletons. Kottke pointed me towards book-artist Brian Dettmer’s latest project. Very cool.
Apartment Therapy: The Amazing Staircase. Prepare to drool over these bookcase stairs. Biblioporn ahead.
Reminder: Roman Polanski raped a child. Related: Finely-argued skewering of Polanski’s defenders.
Chinatown. James Hynes on [...]