• KT.Mrs.Astor

    On Collecting

    Style reveals the man. The building of a library is an act of style, an expression of what we are and a good measure of who we are. Collecting is an act of self-realization. One collects books and builds a library to create an intensified environment. It is a philosophical statement as this room is […]

  • John Waters

    From the Library of John Waters

    Reading as a Pleasant Deviation: A Guided Tour of John Waters Library I was not a book fanatic until I was fifteen and discovered Genet and Burroughs and all these Grove Press books and thought, thank God, I’m not that abnormal. That opened up a whole new world to me. Those were my friends. Tennessee […]

  • Albert Murray

    From the Library of Albert Murray

    That shelf is where my real stuff is. See it start with Joyce and come up to Hemingway, Faulkner and Fitzgerald. That’s it. That’s the contemporary literature I read. Those people in those books up there on the shelves provide a solid base to enable us to get to it all. There’s Mann’s Joseph and […]

  • Susanna Moore

    Susanna Moore on the Book as Aphrodisiac

    My first acquaintance with Susanna just precedes the publication of her first novel, My Old Sweetheart, when we “met cute”. I was selling books at a carriage trade shop on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that several of her friends frequented; our bi-coastal movie clientele, it turned out, all knew her. She was beautiful, […]

  • Alan Pryce-Jones's bookplate

    From the Library of Alan Pryce-Jones

    From my diary June 25, 1991 Mr. Pryce-Jones’s houses are on John Street in the heart of Old Newport.  Three mid-Ninteenth Century saltboxes.  His principle residence is at 46 where we found a note addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Thometz asking us to check in at #50.  I hadn’t been prepared for a compound. The […]

  • Fran Lebowitz

    Fran Lebowitz On Reading

    As told to Kurt Thometz.  I’m not a collector. I don’t care about things like that. I not a collector because I’m not that organized. I’m not grown-up enough to collect things, but I have acquired a stellar collection of odd books, weirdo books, books that don’t fit easily into categories. I have a very […]

  • Photo of Diana Vreeland by Richard Avedon

    From the Library of Diana Vreeland

    “Let’s suppose you were a total stranger – and a very good friend. That’s a good combination. What would you want to know about me? And how would you go about finding it out? To me the books I’ve read are the gateway. My life has been more influenced by books than by any other […]

  • Bibliophile_th_Marilyn Reading

    On Bibliophiles

    Reading, the unpunished vice, promises, as most vices do, a finer world within the world. Beyond the narrow realm of our senses is the greater reality retained in and contained by that cumbersome and collectable commodity, the book. While all book collectors consider themselves bibliophiles, most bibliophiles perceive collecting as the precious sport of a […]

  • ChetBaker_th

    Chet Baker

    Deep in a Dream   By James Gavin As Though I Had Wings   By Chet Baker   At 3 a.m. on May 13, 1988, Chet Baker nodded out, threw himself out, or was thrown out of, a hotel room window in Amsterdam, quite as if he had wings. Long ago and far away, I dreamed a […]

  • Coney.94

    Pimpnology

    Pimpnology: Regarding Players, Hoes, Johns & The Life Capitalism 101:  Urban anthropologists Christina and Richard Milner’s keen street ecology, Black Players: The Secret World of Black Pimps (Little, Brown and Co., 1972), laid out the game as played by what, in the early 70s, was commonly referred to as The System.  In The System, “Each […]

Across 160th Street

Rarely seen underground classic starring Kurt Thometz, owner of Jumel Terrace Books, New York City. Shot in Harlem, Brooklyn & Washington Heights, Mr. Thometz's Checker automobile is co-star of this high budget, violent story about smuggling the controversial novels of Milt Gross into New York in the 1970s. Currently Mr. Thometz is patiently awaiting his next film offer.

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Mary Emmons sings. Corseted. 6 p.m. May 18th. Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Tonight at the Jumel Mansion, a dramatic interpretation of Camilla’s Loves of Aaron Burr exhibition, costumed and propped by Herself, and featuring her interpretation of Madame Jumel’s table set for Joseph Bonaparte: “There in the dining room on the left was the table – china, glass, still there, and gold ornaments and pyramids of confections, […]

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The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry and Binding by Camilla Huey

Introduction to Camilla Huey’s The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry and Binding. May – September, 2013.  The Morris-Jumel Mansion,  New York City. By Kurt Thometz “You have heard me speak of a Miss Wollstonecraft, who has written something on the French Revolution; she has also written a book entitled The Vindication of the […]