Front lines

Monday morning and I am still marveling at the tall so-fey Alabaman Alvin Ailey dancer who visited the shop on Saturday afternoon.  After fielding the usual query to my ulterior motives, I was informed that a lot of black people don’t like to be reminded of their past, as it is too painful. “A lot […]

Literary ladies preferred. A short list.

Lady Murasaki, Isabelle Eberhardt, Willa Cather, Anna Akhmatova, Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, Anita Loos, Djuna Barnes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Rhys, Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Bishop, Flannery O’Connor, Dawn Powell, Caroline Gordon, Grace Metalious, Pauline Réage, Violette Ledoc, Claire Lispector, M.F.K. Fisher, Paula Fox, Patricia Highsmith, Joan Didion, Fran Lebowitz, Kate Millett, Susanna Moore, Nawal el-Saadawi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. […]

Michael Suarez on Digital Books & the Future of Bibliographic Knowledge

If you can bear with the stodgy Grolier Club introduction, Michael Suarez, editor of The Oxford Companion to the Book, weighing in on the difference between the physical and the digital book is as good an explanation as I’ve heard of the most substantial problem facing book people today.