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    Adventures of a rare book dealer (and former small bookshop owner).

Phone Call of the Week Month Year.

Written on October 23, 2009

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“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 typed ‘esoterica’ into Google and they say you sell esoterica.”

“Yes, but books.”

“JUST books?”



“Did, perhaps, Google ASK if you MEANT ‘esoterica’?”

“Yeah, that’s it.”

“Ah. I don’t think that’s the word you’re looking for.”

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  1. Comment by Melanie:

    They tell you all through elementary school that spelling is important…

    October 23, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
  2. Comment by Jennifer Erickson:

    Great post! I’ll never think of “esoterica” quite the same way again. Brian, I’m looking forward to following your blog! I’ve enjoyed your posts on FB, and just know there are great things in store from biblioblography!

    Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

    October 23, 2009 @ 2:40 pm
  3. Comment by Aimee:


    Booksore, Can I help you?

    Customer: Do you all carry any of those Hemingway’s Books?

    Yes, we have some books by Hemingway, what title are you looking for?

    Customer: I don’t know, the one about the cars.

    Me: umm, I am not sure which one that is, can you tell me any more?

    Customer: You know the ones about the cars, the Hemingways books about the cars, they”re all about the Cars!

    Me: Sir, I don;t understand, I am not sure which Hemingway title you mean.

    Customer getting Irate: The ones with car prices, dammit.

    Ohh, Are you looking for Hemmings Motor News?

    Customer! Yes! THat’s IT. Do you have that book?

    Me.Sorry we don’t carry current magazines.

    October 23, 2009 @ 7:19 pm