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Introducing Ruby

Introducing Ruby

For the past two years, give or take, I’ve written this blog.  I have written about the book business, my fellow booksellers, the great indie bookstores that have closed in the past few years, and dozens of exciting books and authors.  I interviewed David Sedaris and Julie Klam and Dan Kennedy.  I incorrectly predicted nearly [...]

A Trip Around the Web

A Trip Around the Web

It’s Mardi Gras.  Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, one of the most melancholy days of the year, the day that we’re supposed to begin to deny ourselves something we love, or do something difficult but good.  I just spent a few minutes thinking of something to give up or something to do.  I came up empty.  [...]

Quick Links for Friday Afternoon

Quick Links for Friday Afternoon

Because I know you need something for the weekend.  These links go well with an earthy red wine. I’m always a fan of Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes column, in which he asks a writer what music inspired a particular book.  In the current edition, Peter Straub discusses the jazz he listened to while penning his [...]

Light Reading for the Afternoon

Light Reading for the Afternoon

I know most of you on the East Coast are snowed in, and those of us on this coast are…well, it rained yesterday.  That’s something.  Anyway, here is some reading to occupy you for these next few snow days (you lucky bums): The Millions is running a two part interview with David Shields about his [...]

What Books Would You Like to See Graphically Novelated?

What Books Would You Like to See Graphically Novelated?

Recently, Stephenie Meyer and Janet Evanovich signed deals to produce graphic novels of some of their work.  This seems like a great move for both of them, as well as for their publishers. Evanovich in particular, might find a new audience amongst graphic novel aficionados while the publishers of the work can use the authors’ [...]

Slow Rainy Fridays Are Made for Reading

Slow Rainy Fridays Are Made for Reading

It’s a sleepy, gloomy Friday here in Pasadena.  In other words, it’s a great day to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee or tea (or something stronger, maybe), and read a good book.  I recommend Nick Flynn’s new memoir The Ticking is the Bomb, a book that somehow manages to [...]

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

I woke up with a brilliant idea:  I was going to make the entire internet repeat itself so that it appeared exactly the same as it was yesterday.  The problem is that I couldn’t get everyone else to go along with it.  The other sites, they have no sense of humor.  “We have news to [...]

Some Links About Ebooks

Some Links About Ebooks

I’m not going to get into the great ebook price war of 2010.  Why?  I don’t have the energy.  Or the desire.  Or the time.  If you’re interested in it, there are a plethora of great links out there.  Please go read them.  In the meantime, here are few interesting pieces on ebooks, piracy and [...]

R.I.P. J.D. Salinger

R.I.P. J.D. Salinger

What do say at a moment like this?  In a way, we’ve felt Salinger’s loss for years — the great author in seclusion in rural New England.  Occasionally, though, evidence of his existence seeped out — a photograph of him at the supermarket, maybe, pushing a cart like a mortal, like a person who needed [...]

Wednesday Afternoon Links

Wednesday Afternoon Links

A lot has happened today.  Apple released the new iPad, which, in turn, released a wave of terrible jokes on the internet.  President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address tonight.  So, yeah, it’s a big day.  Read all about it: Author and historian Howard Zinn passed away today.  He is, of course, [...]

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