Shane sure does take a nice Corpus Libris photo, doesn’t he?
A list compiled by Dana, re-constructed as a tale of woe by Jeff:
"How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?!"
Big Nate Flips Out over Your Inner Fish, but here’s the thing—that’s not his lunchbox. It belonged to Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Nate never learned that Warriors Don’t Cry. Instead, warriors Shred and start a Black Revolution on Campus. We Don’t Need Another Hero jotting in his Jotty Journals, you understand? We need a Heritage of Black Excellence in Chicago. On the tenth of December, even The Outsiders will discover A Universe Within and no one will be reduced to Naked Statistics. My Brilliant Friend, The One and Only Ivan—Harlem’s Little Blackbird in the flesh—will
make the Night Rounds of My Beloved World, singing a nameless tune.
"My Song? It’s a Beginners Goodbye and it’s Of Thee I Sing, Gone
Girl.” Who’s gone? When Cherry Blossom Decomposition is thick in the
air, Henrietta lacks for nothing. Death Comes to Pemberly in the form
of Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Immortal life. Living death.
All Souls by Javier Marias, translated by Margaret Jull Costa
I realized last night I hadn’t read any Marias in a while, so I went back to my first encounter. These are the first lines from All Souls, which, in my mind, is the best entry point to his work. Reading something you loved from the first moment is such a curious and wonderful pleasure. It brought a very satisfied smile to my face.
A quick note: if you click the link to content source it will take you to an out of print New Directions edition on our webpage. Click the paperback 03/2013 link on that page and it’ll bring you to a forthcoming edition from Vintage if you’re interested in pre-ordering from us. It’s a gloomy morning in Chicago, and the thought of going over all of this again is just a depressing thought, so click this link for an explanation as to why New Directions no longer has the rights to Marias’ work.
Time to head back down the rabbit hole, friends: the textbook area at the new Seminary store is open and stocked with Winter Quarter textbooks. 5751 S. Woodlawn, as if you didn’t already know that Alice/Neo.
The amazing Dmitry Samarov sketched Jake Austen and Yuval Taylor in action this past Thursday night as they discussed Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip Hop. Not too shabby a way of commemorating such an interesting event.
Book Tour Stop #8: 57th Street Books, Chicago, IL
One of the things that always surprises me about bookstores outside of NYC is how GIANT they are. 57th Street Books was huge and fabulous, and they showed me a great time. Before the reading, the media escort drove us by Obama’s house, and afterward, we had dinner at Avec. Good on ya, Chicago!
57th Street Booksellers chatting about @algonquinbooks @jonathanevison ‘s THE REVISED FUNDAMENTALS OF CAREGIVING @ Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap (Taken with Instagram)
I have been reading Borges’s Evaristo Carriego: A Book about old-time Buenos Aires, a short biography of a popular poet from Palermo, the neighborhood where Borges grew up and which he memorialized in many of his early poems. As biography it’s pretty outré—“I believe that a chronological account is inappropriate to Carriego,” Borges announces early in the book—but as a portrait of Palermo and an introduction to Borges’s obsession with knife fighters and the underworld of Buenos Aires, it’s pretty unbeatable. It also includes a short chapter, “A History of the Tango,” which is one of the best pieces of music criticism I know. —Robyn Creswell
Pretty much anything about Borges will get our attention.
A Partial Inventory of Gustave Flaubert’s Personal Effects
As Catalogued by M. Lemoel on May 20, 1880, Twelve Days after the Writer’s Death.
In the bedroom on the first floor:
red silk cravat
5 pairs of gloves
2 dressing gowns
7 walking sticks
two pairs of boots
In the dining room:
35 champagne glasses
48 porcelain dinner plates
a painting representing Napoléon I
a pocket watch in a gold case engraved with initials ‘GF’
a gold watch chain
a gold signet ring with square stone
a silver spoon and two forks marked ‘N flaubert’
5 oyster-knives with black handles and silver blades
In the study on the first floor:
Engraving in oakwood frame representing The temptation of Saint Antoine by Callot
Marble clock with bronze figurines, maker’s name ‘Destigny’ engraved on dial
Photographic reproduction of painting entitled Visions
Array consisting of lances, javelins, arrows, mandolin, Basque drum, axe, oriental pipe, cardboard Chinese statuette
Large round table in mahogany
Green woolen tablecloth
One tiger skin, one lynx skin, one bear skin, white
Penholder in the shape of dragon
Three paperknives, one with initials ‘GF’
Two Egyptian lanterns
Unfinished manuscript of work entitled Bouvard et Pécuchet
Creuzer, Religions of Antiquity in 11 vols
Works of Saint Theresa in Migne edition
Works of Walter Scott in 32 vols.
(In the drawer of one of the small bookcases is found the sum of 2515 francs, which sum is deposited with Maitre Bidault to cover funeral expenses, burial charges, and other debts.)
Creative merchandising of analog books can make a huge impact and improve discovery significantly so why does every ebook retailer feel the same? Amazon is nearly indistinguishable from Walmart and Overstock.com who are indistinguishable from Barnes & Noble and Kobo. In web design terms the retailer landing page is like the front 40 feet of the retailer - in a bookstore this is where most of the sites sales happen. There has got to be a better user experience that engages the customer and encourages them to browse and discover. ~ eP