Friday, August 7, 2015

Beat Museum, San Francisco, California

I have had the pleasure of being able to supply The Beat Museum in San Francisco with a number of Beat Generation items over the years. Recently the bought some rare postcards from me as well as books by the subjects of the postcards: Burroughs, Ginsberg, Creeley. I am glad to have been able to continue to their ever-growing collection.

instantly recluttered

my life is far from empty. my book*gasm continues to expand and overtake my office. It's almost not fair. But it certainly is consistent with my heavy book intake. Many more come in than go out. Troubling in its accumulative nature. Oi vey!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

i have an office

As of mid-December 2014, I have an office. The office used to be the right half of what used to be the front porch at the house we moved into in Sept. 2009 and bought from the owner in Sept. 2013. It was one of my wife's first BIG projects. The other half of what used to be the front porch is now our "mudroom". This half, my half, is my work space and book shelving unit and (vain) attempt of creating order out of chaos in my life. An attempt to reduce my "little pieces of paper" problem. It's working, to a degree, but it isn't like a witch with a broom sweeps through and unclutters the place - or my brain. It's in incremental stages.

I have for a number of years used our living space to build a library and conduct a small book selling operation which did, in 4 brief years, help me to pay off my Masters Degree student loans from George Mason University. That's sayin' sumtin'.

I learned alot along the way. About authors, publishers, Presses, illustrators, etc. That process continues even as my attention from this blog obviously has verged elsewhere. I will talk about my various finds and sales soon.


Friday, December 19, 2014

and then I have something else to write about

We bought this place in Sept. 2013 after living in it as a rental since Sept. 2009 - the whole time we were renting it my wife and I would have conversations about "if we would ever own this place, we would..." Well, after putting a stairwell up into the attic and finishing that space, we tackled our front porch which my wife always to enclose and use the room as a mudroom/an office for me. We started that project in Nov. 2014 and it was finished yesterday. I have begun to take ownership of the space. 7 book shelves, my desk, computers, printers and scanners. Wires and cords and stacks of little pieces of paper AND hundreds and hundreds of books.


Friday, February 8, 2013

great quote

“ It’s it strange what happens with old books? They choose you. They reach out to their buyers – Hello, here I am, take me with you. It’s as if they were alive.” From The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte Page 53