Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Buyback FAQ

Q: Are you buying back books now?

A:  Yes! We buy books all year long, every day, always.

Q: Why can't you buy this book back?

A:  Reasons we do not buy back:
  • Old edition
  • Damaged or broken spine/binding
  • Missing or excessively worn pages/covers
  • An important component of the book is missing (CD/DVD)
  • It is custom material for use at a college that we do not service

Q: There's a new edition? Already?

A: Certain textbooks have a relatively short lifespan due to revisions and updates. When a new edition comes out, the current one becomes outdated and usually cannot be taken back. If it is bought back (as an alternate option for a course), it will be for far less money. You should always sell your books as soon as you are able. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that your books will become outdated.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ava Gardner "Love Is Nothing" (Lee Server)

First day of classes!  Let's go to school together. Hollywood History 101?

The Hairpin has this really great feature: Scandals of Classic Hollywood. Follow it now. It's a truly excellent way of learning about things like Hedy Lamaar and frequency-hopping spread spectrum or how after Carole Lombard died in a plane crash Clark Gable joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross

Anyway! They just covered Ava Gardner and a couple of things need to be said. First, the Lee Server biography is amazing. Everybody should read it. Second, it will destroy you. So be warned and be emotionally ready.

You can buy it from us here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

William Gibson On Cities in Scientific American

The World of the Future
Q: Has the pace of changing technology made the purpose or meaning of particular cities, or cities in general, different for new generations, or is their essential character as places of concentrated choice something that you think remains relatively constant?

A: The Internet, which I think of as a sort of meta-city, has made it possible for people who don't live in cities to master areas of expertise that previously required residence in a city, but I think it's still a faith in concentrated choice that drives migration to cities.

Cities in Fact and Fiction: An Interview with William Gibson

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dandelion Wine

Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury! Today brings exciting news of plans to adapt his 1957 novel Dandelion Wine.

In a statement, Bradbury, who turns 91 today, remarked, “This is the best birthday gift I could ask for. Today, I have been reborn. ‘Dandelion Wine’ is my most deeply personal work and brings back memories of sheer joy as well as terror. This is the story of me as a young boy and the magic of an unforgettable summer which still holds a mystical power over me.”

Saturday, August 20, 2011

"It’s a mistake to rarify reading and put books out of reach. It’s a mistake to assume that readers are “mostly born and only a little made.” Because those discoveries in libraries and bookstores - and, yes, on my parents’ shelves, too - are what made me a reader, not some mysterious, bibliogenic accident of birth."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sign of the times.

Behold, the Textbook Return Policy of our Brooklyn store for the coming semester. This one is for printing out and keeping in your wallet, folks.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Rebel, Albert Camus

It is difficult to return to the places of one's early happiness. The young girls in the flower of their youth still laugh and chatter on the seashore, but he who watches them gradually loses his right to love them, just as those he has loved lose the power to be loved. This melancholy is the melancholy of Proust. It was powerful enough in him to cause a violent rejection of all existence. But his passion for faces and for the light attached him at the same time to life. He never admitted that the happy days of his youth were lost forever. He undertook the task of re-creating them and of demonstrating, in the face of death, that the past could be regained at the end of time in the form of an imperishable present, both truer and richer than it was at the beginning. The psychological analysis of Remembrance of Things Past is nothing buy a potent means to an end. The real greatness of Proust lies in having written Time Regained, which resembles the world of dispersion and which gives it a meaning on the very level of integration. His difficult victory, on the eve of his death, is to have been able to extract from the incessant flight of forms, by means of memory and intelligence alone, the tentative trembling symbols of human unity. The most definite challenge that a work of this kind can give to creation is to present itself as an entirety, as a closed and unified world. This defines an unrepentant work of art. 
- from "Rebellion and Art"

Monday, August 8, 2011

Famous Author Signatures

via bookshavepores
Of course, my personal favorite is parenthetical George Orwell. Click here to view them all.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists, Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg

Just before George R.R. Martin thoroughly hijacked my brain, I had the pleasure of learning more about the world of art theft. The sharp focus here is Dutch master, and frequent bandit target, Rembrandt van Rijn. His 1632 portrait of the canon of Utrecht has the dubious distinction of being the world's most stolen painting.

It's a great read. Amore and Mashberg fully contextualize each crime, dispelling the common assumption about how these affairs unfold and who is responsible. Rarely is it the obscenely wealthy collector amassing a team of highly-skilled thieves to kidnap a choice piece. Nope. Far more frequently, it's a career criminal who spots an institutional weakness and wants to cut a painting off a wall. Luckily for recovery efforts, most of these masterminds have trouble turning their paintings into cash and must jettison their prizes instead.

The exhaustive research is straight-forwardly written, stepping readers through heists episodically, with museum personnel and thieves providing the detail. The historical background of each picked piece is discussed as well as its significance in the oeuvre of Rembrandt and accorded value. It's an entertaining art history/true crime lesson with one eye fixed on recovery efforts. By book's end, you hope a breakthrough will be forthcoming in the still-unsolved theft of three Rembrandts from the Gardner Museum in 1990, where Amore has been head of security since 2005. This book is clearly a labor of love towards that elusive end. 

Highly recommended.

Monday, August 1, 2011

What Happened To The World of American Psycho

via Scouting New York
Scouting New York is the remarkable site of Nick Carr, film location scout and professional noticer. It serves as a record of the unusual places he comes across in his travels and a recurring feature is a comprehensive then-and-now look at New York City locations featured in major films (Taxi Driver, Ghostbusters, Rosemary's Baby). Today was a present to us all: a thorough walk-through of what remains from the world of American Psycho.