Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Way Some People Die

"Her hand on the teapot was cracked and grained by dirty work, but she poured with an air. I said I took mine straight. The tea tasted like clear dark dripping from the past. My grandmother came back with it, in crisp black funeral silks, and I looked out of the window to dispel her. I could see the Santa Monica pier from where I sat, and beyond it the sea and the sky like the two curved halves of a blue Easter egg."

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Favorite Editions

Picture via Etsy seller BeauBazaar
Sometimes, it's not enough to own a copy of your favorite book. You have to seek out the right edition, the correct version, the true and proper manifestation. It's important! 

I have known people to collect multiples of a title, in the course of their search. They either keep the duplicates to loan out or sell them off as they are replaced. It's a revolving door bookshelf until they track down their soul binding. Is there a title like this for you?

For interested parties, the full listing for the lovely book to the left can be found here. Otherwise, the current printing can be purchased from us.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Sherlock Holmes and psychic phenomena. Did you know? The epitaph on his gravestone reads:

STEEL TRUE
BLADE STRAIGHT
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
KNIGHT
PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS

Found via Brain Pickings

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Bloomsday

Looking to raise a glass to Ireland's finest? The Brooklyn Lyceum is where you want to be tonight. Come enjoy a "spontaneous evening of recitation and quaffing" free of charge. Bring along your copy of Ulysses. Put it in your jacket pocket and have it tear the pocket from your jacket. It's a heavy book! Maybe don't put it in your pocket. Free admission.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How To Drink Like Your Favorite Author

Flavorwire helps you decide. From Hemingway to Faulkner: choose a path, choose a poison.

Any notable omissions?

[via MOBYLIVES]

Monday, June 13, 2011

Because what you read matters.

Artist: Lilli Carre
To celebrate Penguin and their commitment to the perfect edition, we're giving away a free Penguin tote with any purchase of a Penguin Classics. Just head into our Downtown store and pick out the good reads to fill your handsome bag with. They're basically the Platonic ideal of all books. It runs until they're gone.

You can also leave a comment on this entry naming your favorite Penguin title to win a bag of your very own. We'll pick a winner on Friday.

And extra special bonus prize time! We're raffling off a skateboard on Twitter that features the illustration for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Amazing, right? For pickup in-store. Head over to Twitter and RT to win! Winner also picked on Friday.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Room With A View

Because when you love a book, you want to live inside of it. 404 is a violet perfume by CB I Hate Perfume, inspired by a favorite passage from the E.M. Forster classic:

She did not answer. From her feet the ground sloped sharply into view, and violets ran down in rivulets and streams and cataracts, irrigating the hillside with blue, eddying round the tree stems, collecting into pools in the hollows, covering the grass with spots of azure foam. But never again were they in such profusion; the terrace was the well-head, the primal source whence beauty gushed out to water the earth.
Standing at its brink, like a swimmer who prepares, was the good man. But he was not the good man that she had expected, and he was alone.
George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment he contemplated her, as one who has fallen out of heaven.  He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped quickly forward and kissed her. 

It captures "the hills above Florence - the vineyards, the wild grass, the finocchio, the hot dusty Florentine earth. And of course a torrent of Violets..." Having visited the CB gallery, I can say that if it reads so, it is. More than anything else, these are bottled moments: Old Leather, Winter 1972, Burning Leaves. Christopher Brosius is a wizard and these are his potions. Visit his collections and carry away the narrative that is right for you.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Help Wanted

Have you always wanted to work with books? Surrounded by books? Pack books? Arrange books? Sell books? Book books?

Come live the dream. We are hiring. Direct all resumes here.