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Hungry Hollow Book Tank: A Lexiconigraphic Omnibus Digitalis
"By lack of understanding they remained sane." -Orwell..................
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Loompanics & Other Unusual Books For Sale!
THIS IS OUT OF DATE AND SORT-OF OBSOLETE... THOUGH I HAVE (OR HAVE ACCESS TO) MOST, IF NOT ALL OF THE BOOKS ON THIS LIST AND NOW WE HAVE EVEN MORE. PLEASE CHECK WWW.LASTEARTHDISTRO.NET AND WWW.EARTHLIGHTBOOKS.COM FOR A MORE UPDATED SELECTION OF OUR INVENTORY. Or E-mail me for a more current list of specifically Loompanics titles we have or can get. THANKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS!OUR MAIL ORDER CATALOG IS ALSO AVAILABLE, 1500 radical titles you won't find in most bookstores: Last Earth Distro CatalogFeel free to e-mail us at earthlightbooks(@)gmail(dot)com for more details.-skyI have updated this list as of Spring 2008, though some books are getting scarcer and scarcer and prices may vary quickly on remaining copies. At the end of the list of Loompanics, I have attached a list of the other odd books we have access to or stock in our growing warehouse of all things counter-culture. Enjoy! Drop me a line with any questions.These are retail prices, please feel free to contact us for wholesale discounts, plus the more you buy the cheaper they get! We have additional Loompanics titles available from our myriad contacts so if you don't see it on the list ask anyway and I will quote you a price or give you additional contact information. Stay free. Loompanics website was down for a spell... now their old site is back up with bare bones but none of their contact info works... smell a conspiracy?21st Century Revenge: Down and Dirty Tactics for the Millennium $30.00Advanced Techniques of Clandestine Psychedelic and Amphetamine Manufacture $30.00Anarchists Guide to the BBS $14.95Armed Defense: Gunfight Survival for the Householder and Businessman $14.95Backyard Catapults $10.00Baffling Murder Mysteries: Famous Unsolved Homicides $12.95Beating the Check: How to Eat Out Without Paying $25.00Be Your Own Dick: Private Investigating Made Easy $15.00Biz: How to Get Rich with "Business Opportunity" Frauds and Scams $26.00Black Collar Crimes: An Encyclopedia of False Prophets and Unholy Orders $15.00Blood-Lust Chickens and Renegade Sheep: A First-Timer's Guide to Country Living $19.95Boxing’s Dirty Tricks and Outlaw Killer Punches $15.00Build a Catapult in Your Backyard $30.00Cao Dai Kung-Fu: Lost Fighting Arts of Vietnam $15.00Check Fraud Investigation $35.00Close Shaves: The Complete Book of Razor Fighting $75.00Combat Knife Throwing $25.00Combat Knife Throwing $15.00Community Technology $12.95Comparative Data: State and Provincial Licensing Systems $49.95Cop Killers $12.95Counterfeit I.D. Made Easy $20.00Country Living Is Risky Business $19.95Crimes Involving Poisons $125.00Curious Punishments of Bygone Days $15.00Deep Inside the Underground Economy $24.95Defeating Industrial Spies $25.00Directory of U.S. Mail Drops 1989 $15.00Directory of U.S. Mail Drops 1991 $16.95Disruptive Terrorism $15.00Don't Be a Victim! : How to Protect Yourself from Hoaxes, Scams, and Frauds $12.95Don't Let Them Psych You Out! $15.00Don't Shoot the Bastards (Yet): 101 More Ways to Salvage Freedom $40.00Drink As Much As You Want and Live Longer $14.95Economic Sodomy: How Modern Frauds Work and How to Protect Yourself $12.95Eddie’s Iron: Best New Lock Pick Design in More Than 20 Years $14.95Espionage: Down and Dirty $27.50Everything's a Racket $19.95Exotic Weapons: An Access Book $25.00Fake Id by Mail and Modem $275.00Fraudulent Credentials $15.95Free Space: Real Alternatives for Reaching Outer Space $12.95Gaslighting: How to Drive Your Enemies Crazy $27.50Genitology: Reading the Genitals $27.50Getaway: Driving Techniques for Escape and Evasion $20.00Great Hideouts of the West: An Idea Book for Living Free $16.95Guns Save Lives $15.95Handbook of Vital Records Information for Attorneys and Welfare Workers $15.00Hitchhiker’s Handbook $15.00Holy Homicide: An Encyclopedia of Those Who Go with Their God and Kill $13.95Home Workshop Explosives $19.95Home Workshop Professional Lock Tools $21.95Homemade Guns and Homemade Ammo $14.95Homicide Investigation: A Practical Handbook $25.00How To Be An Ass-Whipping Boxer $18.95How to Build Your Own Log Home for Less Than $15,000[...]
Interviews and Articles on Alibris
It's always good to research the people you're doing business with. That's one thing the internet gives the independent bookseller that the big corporate dogs don't get, anonymity. To them we're just little insects they make pennies off of but we can see them for the towering, teetering giants that they are.
How about a little Online Independent Booksellers Union to drive down the percentages the big corporate bookstores steal from us just for being the middleman. Since when does the middleman get to call all the shots? If all the independent stores banded together and withdrew their inventories from the web in a concerted effort on the same day, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Borders, all the big guys would lose millions of dollars. Just think of it!
When they force my account closed I'm going to use this post as evidence in court.
http://journal.bookfinder.com/archives/category/alibrisinterloc/Interview with Michael Schaffer, CTO, Alibris
10/27/2006 04:41 minsINTERVIEW WITH RICHARD WEATHERFORD, FOUNDER, AND MARTY MANLEY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OF ALIBRISA Conversation with Dick Weatherford of Alibris
Brian Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, Alibris, Inc.
This is from back in 1999 from http://scout.wisc.edu/Projects/PastProjects/net-news/99-11/99-11-23/0006.html
USED-BOOKSELLER ALIBRIS TO PLEAD GUILTY TO INTERCEPTING AMAZON.COM'S E-MAIL
Alibris (www.alibris.com), a rare-book dealer based in Emeryville,
California, said it will plead guilty to intercepting e-mail messages
from Amazon.com, the Seattle-based industry leader. According to court
documents filed by federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Boston
yesterday, Alibris captured and stored more than 4,000 e-mail messages
in an attempt to collect intelligence on the market. The interceptions
were possible because Alibris provided e-mail service for the book dealers.
Marty Manley, Alibris' chief operating officer, expects to pay a $250,000
fine to end the case. Manley admits his firm violated the Electronic
Communications Privacy Act, but denied that the information was taken for
a devious purpose or was ever misused. Amazon says they will still use
Alibris, as they need its services.
[SOURCE: Wall Street Journal, AUTHOR: Glenn R. Simpson]
12th Annual Anarchist Book Fair
Damn, I wanted to make it to this year's conference. Ah well. We'll drop the Loompanics bomb on them next year I suppose. This article isn't all that great but I couldn't find many reports on how the Fair actually went. Here's an entry about the first day from The SF Book Fair's website, complete with the first day's interviews on video with some radical individuals. See you there? by Jen Thomas, staff writer for The Golden Gate Express Online.Hundreds of anarchists, socialists, and activists gathered at the SF County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park this weekend for the 12th annual Anarchist Book Fair. Attendees, mostly in all black attire and some sporting blue mohawks, began pouring into the park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, where thousands of books were available for purchase. Titles included everything from the uncensored version of "The Jungle" to "Chomsky on Anarchism". The fairground’s cafeteria also housed a medley of free controversial literature. Entire books were photocopied and touched on topics such as homemade guns and ammunition, driving techniques for escape and evasion and setting fires with electrical timers. “I bought some cheap Dostoevsky, but I’m here more for the free stuff,” said Neil Smith, 24, a first time attendee of the anarchist event. “But I avoided the free bootleg books on how to make home explosives.” Bookstores, college outreach programs and other volunteer groups sold books at the fair, for a profit or to raise money for a positive cause. Students from Sonoma State University manned a booth and sold literature on issues they deemed underreported on in the media. “The genocide in the Congo is neglected by journalists,” said Andy Roth, professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University. “Serious business interests are protected by suppressing this issue.” Keith McHenry passed out free pamphlets to promote his all-volunteer organization, Food Not Bombs, which provides food and supplies to survivors of terrorist attacks and natural disasters. “We were the people who fed Katrina,” said McHenry. “We had a kitchen set up in New Orleans two days after the hurricane.” The event, which spanned both Saturday and Sunday, doubled as a forum for panelist discussions. Author Josh MacPhee held a discussion on his book, "Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority", in the cafeteria, which served as the auditorium for the event. MacPhee views his book as an instrumental conceptual tool, and hopes it will incite discussion on anarchist art. “There are very few people involved in the dialogue,” said MacPhee. “And I think that needs to broaden and change.” Despite the events' name, not all in attendance considered themselves anarchists. “I definitely hold some anarchist beliefs,” said Kevin Stolle, 22, communications major at Sonoma State University. “But I don’t know if I fit the anarchist definition.” Anarchism was widely viewed, at the event, as the absence of an oppressive government. Attendees sought to dispel the common conception that anarchy definitively equates to lawlessness. “[Anarchism] is not necessarily about chaos,” said MacPhee. “It’s largely about organization. The society we live in now is actually more chaotic.”[...]
College Fraternities vs. the Textbook Industry
This site's rather odd but they have some interesting material. http://www.lewrockwell.com/
"If you were an executive with a large book publishing company, and you were in charge of the college textbook division, how would you deal with this multi-phase problem?
(1) The bid/ask arbitrage opportunity: College students must pay 10 to 15 cents per page to buy new textbooks that cost a penny a page to print and deliver. College bookstores receive a mere 10% to 15% discount. This is the most captive market in publishing. It is the ultimate cash cow, and has been since 1946. Cash cows are tempting to milk.
(2) The technological revolution: A scanner costs $70. A copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro costs $450, but about $250 in a campus bookstore. With these two products, you can make a clear digital copy of any book: a PDF file.
(3) The World Wide Web: A document can be posted on-line, anywhere on earth, and can be accessed in seconds from anywhere on earth. Server space is cheap. For example, I have almost 100 books on-line, which costs me $5/month (www.freebooks.com). I could have 500 or 1,000 books on-line for that price. My server is in Germany, I think: www.1and1.com. All it takes for a search engine to find a searchable PDF file is an HTML link to the file. This can be posted anywhere on the site.
(4) The division of labor: A fraternity member could scan in a textbook in about 8 hours, depending on the speed of the scanner. Recently initiated members could be required to do this as part of initiation week. There are lots of campuses and lots of fraternities. They are bound by oaths of silence.
There are about 15 million full-time college students in the United States. They would no longer be a captive audience. How long would it take for word to get out? There would be blog sites monitoring the appearance of new sites, updated sites, moved sites, and the latest textbooks.
As a book-publishing executive, what could you do to stop this?
If companies are not forthright with investors about a practical counter-strategy, investors should conclude that the stocks of these firms are likely candidates for shorting.
There would be one great winner. Hewlett-Packard's toner cartridge division would become even more profitable.
The copyright laws are not going to survive in their present form. Neither is the publishing industry.Read More...
The Dragon's Take on Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook
(image) I always like the Dragon's 'tude when he posts. Plus Anthony Bourdain kicks ass. Word up to Tod and his chef buddies in Seattle for turning me onto his delectable culinary arts and nefarious wit. Oh, and Dragon? Don't ever mention Borders again or we'll dismember you and flavor some sea water with yer bones. Arrrrhhh!...By way of explaining my personal aesthic to other creative friends, I use to say that I wanted to be the love child of Captain Kangaroo and William S. Burroughs. I want to synthesize a certain sense of whimsy, with a darker, edgier side. In the culinary arts, Alton Brown represents the geeky, playful side of that equation. The edgier, more punk side is best represented by Anthony Bourdain. And fortunately for me, Borders had his Les Halles Cookbook in stock.
Now, I've never really had any aspirations to master French cuisine. I always viewed it as hoity-toity and pretentious. My predilictions have always been towards simple, basic peasant fare, with perhaps a little something extra added, but built on a solid working class foundation. Of course, the more I have managed the kitchen in our household, the more this working class frugality has led me to do things like save every bone that comes off a plate. I'm using more and more stock in my cooking, and it seems ridiculous to pay the exorbitant prices grocery stores ask for what tastes like sea water with a hint of meat flavor...Read More...
Big Postal Changes Don't Sit Well With This Independent Bookseller
This does not bode well for the independent book world, good old HR6407, Bush's Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act: Bush's Postal Signing Statement
- Great, so now they can just open our mail without a judge's warrent?" No letter of such a class of domestic origin shall be opened except under authority of a search warrant authorized by law, or by an officer or employee of the Postal Service for the sole purpose of determining an address at which the letter can be delivered, or pursuant to the authorization of the addressee.
The intent of Congress seems to be to ensure that domestic mail remains a private communication. But in the signing statement, President Bush said he would ignore the law and 'conduct searches in exigent circumstances.'
What is an "exigent circumstance"? It's a legal term, and it means, in lay terms, "emergency." Interestingly, Attorney General Gonzales noted in 2005 that only in a rare circumstance could the government open mail in 'an emergency.' "
Could you be a little more confusing?
More here: Fight Bush & management's attacks on postal workers!
Add to that Boing Boing's disturbing/funny reportage of the sudden absence of clocks in 37,000 of our nation's post offices
and I smell an over-arching conspiracy. Or maybe my girls just have shit in their diapers again.
But I've always considered postal employees to be the pinnacle of government workers and members of the least corrupt and most efficient government organization on the planet. No wonder Bush wants to take power away from them too, he must be jealous!
Seriously though, when my rebellion gets rollin' I'm recruiting all the postal employees right off the bat. Get them and the dock workers and the young parents and you've got yourself a revolution!
A shout out from Honky Tonk Dragon
Gotta make sure you get your Harry Potter fix ASAP
, so you pre-ordered using the link below? But now, you're feeling a little guilty because that purchase took money away from an independant bookseller who is just barely scraping by?
Well bruthas and sistas, Rev. Dragon has the route for the absolution of your literary sins!
I know for sure they still have copies of the Loompanics' edition of the Principia Discordia
, and here's just a small taste of some of the titles in their stash:
Cao Dai Kung-Fu: Lost Fighting Arts of Vietnam $14.25
Check Fraud Investigation $22.50
Close Shaves: The Complete Book of Razor Fighting $75.00
Combat Knife Throwing $25.00
Community Technology $10.00
Comparative Data: State and Provincial Licensing Systems $49.95
Complete guide to science ficiton conventions $14.50
That's right kiddoes, instructions on building a new identity, building siege engines, hacking computers, all kinds of forbidden information is available from Pirate Papa
and his book pirate cronies. Proceeds go to feed and shelter these lovely ladies, so don't hesitate to go purchase some titles that will make your mother and George Bush cringe.
And if you tell 'em that the Dragon sent ya, they just might send a little love my way...
(Yes, many of these titles are for informational purposes only, as well as not intended for minors, all other disclaimers apply. Your mileage may vary.)
"Alternadad" Leads Daddy Book Deluge
"I'm a new dad. I can type. I used to be cool (if you count watching Lorelai totally tear Emily a new one, that is). I'm trying to figure it all out. I want a book deal! According to the Boston Herald, daddy books are the new black. Or at least the new mommy books. Neal Pollack's new and so-far excellent "Alternadad" is at the top of the diaper heap."Thanks Strollerderby and Pirate Papa!
Free Episodes of Black Books!
(image) Dug up a link to the British sitcom Black Books where you can stream all the episodes for free! If yer into that sort of thing then check out the mother of all such sites. As a bookseller I found the parts of this show dealing directly with the bookstore hilarious and much of the rest a little silly, with the exception of Bernard's brilliant character, quirky vocabulary and body language. Judge for yourself, but overall a funny show that touches on the book world with memorable cynicism.
Wiki's list of essential anarchist books
(image) Here's Wiki's page on my favorite anarchist printer/author, Fredy Perlman.
and an excerpt from his book Against His-Story, Against Civilization:
"And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight
Where ignorant armies clash by night. (M. Arnold)
Here one can neither stand nor lie nor sit
There is not even silence in the mountains
But dry sterile thunder without rain...(T.S. Eliot)
The darkling plain is here. This is the waste land: England, America, Russia, China, Israel, France....
And we are here as victims, or as spectators, or as perpetrators of tortures, massacres, poisonings, manipulations, despoliations.
Hic Rhodus! This is the place to jump, the place to dance! This is the wilderness! Was there ever any other? This is savagery! Do you call it freedom? This is barbarism! The struggle for survival is right here. Haven't we always known it? Isn't this a public secret? Hasn't it always been the big public secret?
It remains a secret. It is publicly known but not avowed. Publicly the wilderness is elsewhere, barbarism is abroad, savagery is on the face of the other. The dry sterile thunder without rain, the confused alarms of struggle and flight, are projected outward, into the great unknown, across the seas and over the mountains. We're on the side with the angels...Read More...
"as well as an online collection of some of his writings
and Black and Red Books
Book on Educational Wooden Toys
(image) It's only $75.00, shit. But it's a beautiful book!
Edu-Toy: Edutainment Toy Series vol. 1 wood
Naef and European Wooden Toys
Author & Publisher: Mikado Koyanagi, Co Ito, Japan
Size: 8 1/4"
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated in color.
Wonderful rare book published in Japan about the best educational wooden toys that were ever made. Includes current- and out of production toys by Naef, Antionio Vitali, Kathrin Kiener, Selecta, Keller, Breitschwerdt, Creative Playthings, Dusyma, Carstens, Profuond and many more! Fabulous book for collectors and parents who want to give their kids the best educational toy available!
Breaking News from the clandestine book front!
LOOMPANICS LIVES!Loompanics' website is still up with all their old articles and offers links to 13 places you can still acquire their books! Sky Cosby of Earthlight Books and Last Word Books has almost 200 titles stockpiled if you're looking for somethin' scarce. e-mail earthlightbooks(at)gmail.com for a full list.
Paladin acquires 40 titles from the late, great Loompanics Unlimited
The news that Loompanics Unlimited had decided to close its doors after 30 years in business caught us as much off guard as it did everyone else. Founder Mike Hoy chalks up his decision to increased competition from such giants as Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as simple burnout. He is ready to retire.
We at Paladin Press have always admired the fearless Loompanics. After all, there just aren’t that many publishers in the country who produce books that even we wouldn’t touch! But when we heard the news, it didn’t take long for us to strike a deal to acquire the rights to publish 40 titles we considered good fits for the Paladin catalog.
Paladin welcomes Claire Wolfe, Eddie the Wire, and all the other Loompanics authors to our house, and we extend our best wishes to our good friends Mike Hoy and the entire Loompanics staff. Here is a complete list of Loompanics titles being revived by Paladin . . .
THE LATE GREAT LOOMPANICS COMPILATIONS
THE BIG BOOK OF SECRET HIDING PLACES
BOXING'S DIRTY TRICKS AND OUTLAW KILLER PUNCHES
COMBAT KNIFE THROWING
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO LOCK PICKING
DEEP INSIDE THE UNDERGROUND ECONOMY
DON'T BE A VICTIM!
DRINK AS MUCH AS YOU WANT AND LIVE LONGER
THE FREEDOM OUTLAW’S HANDBOOK
GUNS SAVE LIVES
HOME WORKSHOP PROFESSIONAL LOCK TOOLS
HOMEMADE GUNS AND HOMEMADE AMMO
HOW TO BE AN ASS-WHIPPING BOXER
HOW TO BURY YOUR GOODS
HOW TO EARN $15 TO $50 AN HOUR
HOW TO HIDE THINGS IN PUBLIC PLACES
HOW TO KILL THE JOB CULTURE BEFORE IT KILLS YOU
HOW TO START YOUR OWN COUNTRY
I AM NOT A NUMBER!
THE ID MASTER
LIVING NAKED AND FRUGAL
METHODS OF DISGUISE
MODERN FRAUDS AND CON GAMES
THE NEW BULLWHIP BOOK
OUT OF BUSINESS
THE POLICEMAN IS YOUR FRIEND AND OTHER LIES
RANCHO COSTA NADA
SATELLITE IMAGERY FOR THE MASSES
THE SCOURGE OF THE DARK CONTINENT
THE SUNSTONE SUPERSTOVE
SURVIVING ON THE STREETS
TECHNIQUES OF SECRET WARFARE
THE TEMP WORKER'S GUIDE TO SELF-FULFILLMENT
THINK FREE TO LIVE FREE
ÜBERHACKER II MORE WAYS TO BREAK INTO A COMPUTER
UNDER THE TABLE AND INTO YOUR POCKET
THE WILD AND FREE COOKBOOK
TAKEOVER! - Big Money Moves into the Small Press World
In a civilization run by wealth and dominated by monopolies, should one small section of culture remain independent; free from the influence of a growing plutocracy?THE FACTSThe Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) was founded in 1967 as the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, with a mission to advocate for independent publishing endeavors. As recently as 2004 CLMP's Board of Directors consisted chiefly of actual representatives from the small press world, including the editor of an obscure poetry journal in California; the publisher of Graywolf Press; a buyer from City Lights Books; and a poet from Queens College in New York.Already, though, the board showed signs of a change in direction in the person of Constance B. Sayre, a former VP at Simon & Schuster and current President of Market Partners International. MPI is "consultant to the ten largest U.S. trade book publishers and three of the largest U.S. magazine publishing companies."Was this someone to represent the small press?Two years later the CLMP board is dominated by VIPs from the most monied segments of America. A few of the current board members:JAMES L. BILDNER: Owner of New Horizons Partners, a venture capital firm. Bildner, trustee of the Kresge Foundation, is former chairman of a chain of food stores.ELLIS B. LEVINE: Corporate lawyer for Cowan, DaBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard, Levine is described as a "lawyer for the book publishing industry." he's former VP and board member of the publishing giant Random House.SUZANNE DE BACA: President of Private Capital Solutions, a financial and investment services firm "that specializes in helping high net worth individuals plan for and manage financial change."JULIE SCHAPER: President of Consortium Book Sales, a book distributor which was bought in 2001 by investment banker Don Linn, then sold to Perseus Books Group in July 2006. Perseus, which comprises seven imprints, is a portfolio company of Perseus LLC, "a merchant bank and private equity fund management company." "Perseus manages six investment funds with capital commitments totaling $1.3 billion. . . ."JENNIFER BLUESTEIN: VP at Mirram Global, a big bucks political consulting firm in New York City which received more than $900,000 to manage Fernando Ferrer's recent mayoral campaign. Mirram's questionable behavior was addressed by Michael Slackman in the March 10, 2005 New York Times.GERALD HOWARD: Executive Editor at Doubleday Books, a division of Random House.NICOLE DEWEY: Assistant Director of Publicity at Doubelday Books.The board also includes Sara Nelson, Editor-in-Chief at Publishers Weekly, a magazine for insiders in the conglomerate publishing industry, and Ira Silverberg, a major figure at Donadio & Olson literary agents, whose job is to serve said industry.Compared to this array of heavyweight names, remaining boards members David Lynn of Kenyon Review; Johnny Temple of New York-based Akashic Books, and "freelance editor" Elizabeth Bogner appear to be tokens. (Ms. Bogner is in fact married to Jesse Sheidlower, principal North American editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, hardly a home of small press outsiders. Elizabeth's main qualification for board membership seems to be that she's good at throwing Manhattan parties attended by literary Insiders. Maybe she's produced some zeens I don't know about.)My conclusion about this list: The foxes are running the henhouse!TO READ MORE, a full report, including what this takeover means, and why it occurred, click on the "ULA's Monday Report" at Literary RevolutionFor background and updates go to "Attacking the Demi-Puppets" at Kin[...]
Rebel Bookseller: How to Improvise Your Own Indie Store and Beat Back the Chains
by Andrew Laties(image) Found this little number down at Powell's about a month ago... it looks decent, a little trad/posh standard for my tastes but hey, at least it's out there. Plus the author also founded Poverty Fighters.com:
A bit about the author Andy Laties: PovertyFighters.com’s co-founder/CEO, has been agitating for power to the people since he grew his hair long as a nine-year-old to protest the Vietnam War. After a stint co-editing his high school underground newspaper, FightForward, he co-founded the Yale Summer Children Theatre, then dropped out to study free-jazz with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and improvisational theatre at Second City Players Workshop, in Chicago. He then studied shakuhachi in Tokyo at Soke Chikayusha and saxophone in Paris at the American School of Modern Music. He spent two years performing original stories by children across the USA, with Child’s Play Touring Theatre.
In 1985, he co-founded The Children’s Bookstore in Chicago, with Christine Bluhm. Their innovative special events captured them the Women’s National Book Association’s 1987 Lucille Micheels Pannell Award. Over the next ten years Chris and Andy sold a million children’s books, presented 2,000 free special events, and raised $300,000 for the Chicago schools. Andy taught bookselling for the American Booksellers Association and was the Dean of the Soros Foundation Latvia’s International Booksellers School, co-hosted by Janis Roze Bookstore.
The Children’s Bookstore was forced out of business by the book superstore chains in 1996, shortly after Andy and Chris opened the nation’s first privatized children’s museum store, at Chicago Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum Store has generated $700,000 for the museum in the past six years.
Whittling Away at Ray Carver
Just finished all 159 pages of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
, Raymond Carver's biting portrait of 20th century American Love. If brevity was a commodity, Carver would have the trademark. He captures with picturesque horror the everyday nuances of sour relationships and alcoholic love, the twisted sheets of stories. Carver paints the underbelly of working-class America through a masterful use of the repetition of minor details and seemingly unimportant snippets of hauntingly realistic dialogue which make the characters leap off the page and into our hearts. He seems to me a polaroid camera made of words.
If you haven't read any Carver I highly recommend Fires
and A New Path to the Waterfall
. There's also an excellent adaptation of some of the stories from this book that was made into a movie starring, among others, Tom Waits! Check it out, it's called Short Cuts
I've been a fan of Carver's poetry for years now and am just getting deeper into his fiction these past few months. A few years ago I had the privilige of cataloguing my father's Carver collection, one of the most extensive in existence. Quite an amazing feeling handling those old signed broadsides and first editions, like there's a bigger piece of him there than in this Vintage paperback.
Book a gift for the ages: Man donates 300-year-old Latin volume to library
Brought to you by one of the world's shittiest newspapers, The Olympian or The Daily Zero as we refer to it.
By Jennifer Latson
Dale Riepe has more books than he needs at home, so he’s been slowly shedding tomes during the past six months.
The Olympian - Click Here
Every week, the 87-year-old retired philosophy professor takes a few to the Olympia library, some because they’re too heavy for him to enjoy, others because he just doesn’t plan to read them again.
The Friends of the Library group takes them off his hands and puts them on its sale shelf to raise money for the library.
But the group was surprised last week when Riepe produced a 300-year-old Latin volume librarians say won’t go on the $1 table: it’s likely worth as much as $1,000.
Group members will meet with rare book dealers to find its true value, and then auction it off and spend the proceeds on library programs.
Riepe, long a benefactor of the arts — he’s been active with a half-dozen galleries and museums, the Washington State Historical Society and The Evergreen State College library — suddenly is something of a library celebrity.
‘De Rerum Natura”
The book, an edition of the poem “De Rerum Natura” (On the Nature of Things) by the Roman author Lucretius, has generated a buzz.
“We were all very excited when we got it here last week,” said librarian Cheryl Heywood, cradling the gold-embossed, calf-skin-bound volume, published in 1712. “It’s fun to touch history.” Read More...