This is the first of five weekly book stories already published about Bookselling in the Covid Era. A new one will appear Saturday. Read More
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It was so very long ago. The images in my memories though mostly clear have borders that are a little out of focus like romantic Victorian vignettes. I was so young. I was so biblio inexperienced. ... Carl surprised me one day asking me: "We're... Read More
"Oh, the wind was coming up...round the streets of old London town..."— Lyrics Jim Roberts. Actually not. No one was on my mind anymore. The old demon's power had snapped, and my mind was fresh and clear. Crazy business—the head and heart. Here today. Gone... Read More
The whole country was booming. The skylines in the cities were full of cranes. I should have invested in cranes... We were driving across Rt 7 in Northern Virginia. When I was a kid, my parents had a cabin in the woods in Shannondale, West... Read More
"Hence vain deluding joys."—John Milton. Wednesday evening, October 24. The soft orange eye of the wood stove glowed. It was the second one lit this fall. When I returned from the remainder book show in Chicago (CIROBE) Sunday, it was late, and I was too... Read More
I'm in Chicago for CIROBE (Chicago International Remainder and Overstock Book Expo—that is a mouthful!) How I got here is a blur. That is because my "getaway day" turned into a frenetic jumble of confusion, tumult, chaos (and redundancy.) Thursday began normally enough. I got... Read More
It was only a few days after I'd returned from the West. I lay in bed sleepless in those hours that are no longer night but not yet morning. The orange eye of the woodstove glowed not 20 feet away. The forest always gave me... Read More