57thstreetbooks: University of Chicago professor and friend of the bookstore Hillary Chute interviews Alison Bechdel
Live for awhile in the books you love. Learn from them what is worth learning,...– Rilke, Viareggio, April 5, 1903, Letters to a Young Poet (via uponswallows)
I’m up in my office, with a giant mug of coffee, and I’ve been listening to Nine...– I like this. This is nice. —- “Luis Alberto Urrea on the writing life, from our event with him for his new novel The Queen of America. (via wordbrooklyn)”
Shakespeare & Co. owner dies
A titan in any industry. scribnerbooks: “I wanted a bookstore because the book business is the business of life.” -George Whitman The original “independent bookstore.”
You Rach You Lose: but the main, abridged point →
Excellent synthesis. bennettmadison: is that consolidation has a terrible effect on the entire publishing chain and ultimately affects not just where you’re able to buy books (which is what most of the responses I’ve read focus on) but also what books are even produced in the first place. This was already a…
McNally Jackson Bookmongers: Surprisingly, I am... →
Read it. Be informed. towirr: A gentleman named Farhad Manjoo just posted a proudly contrarian article on Slate explaining why independent bookstores are not only irrelevent but maybe even harmful. I work at an independent bookstore, so that’s an argument I’d be very very curious to see made well. Honestly, I…
I remember that I stood on the library steps holding my books and looking for a...– One of Shane’s favorite books. Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (via bookoasis)
The Towering Irrelevance: A brief note to Chad... →
towirr: Here is Chad over at Three Percent, the blog of his really great press Open Letter, spurred into commenting again by today’s Times op-ed from Richard Russo about Amazon’s recent showrooming app promotion. A point of clarification: Chad Lives in Rochester, is a swell dude, is very supportive…
hello hello books: The Amazon Kerfuffle; or, Rule... →
hellohellobooks: But sometimes you can’t look away. It happened to me with the Gawker article that started the recent Amazon hubub. Since I’m busy running my very own small bookstore, it’s hard to find the time to long-form respond to this flagrant eff-you-and-all-the-hard-work-you-do message Amazon is…
We love Jeffrey Eugenides' mom
That family is awesome. scribnerbooks: I attended a reading of Toibin’s in Princeton, and when I mentioned that I was going to give the stories to my mother, he warned me not to: too much explicit gay sex, apparently. Well, that’s true about a couple of stories here, but I think my mother could have handled it, if only because she’s a good reader, knows what art is, and would have enjoyed...
I don’t want a future, I want a present. To me this appears of greater value....– Robert Walser, The Tanners (via suzywire)
Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct;...– From Hillary Clinton’s awe-inspiring speech on Human Rights Day. Read/watch the whole thing here. Sometimes everything doesn’t suck. (via likeapairofbottlerockets)
Sometimes its a little one-sided.
Does anyone have any questions?
I speak to these people, and I speak to you because I cannot help it. It gives...– What Is the What by Dave Eggers (via allthingsrad) A great way to start the day.