The Infinite Reading List

Almost anyone who appreciates the printed word has one.  It’s the terrifying, insurmountable To Be Read List. My list was at its peak when a bedbug infestation hit the fan in 2009.  I had to discard most of the unread books, and the rest were wrapped for eighteen months before they could rejoin the community.  Even after a year and a half of staring at books in sealed plastic bags and gently moving them to a new apartment, I left many on the proverbial back burner. Eventually, the books were unwrapped, and allowed to resume breathing.  However, most were denied … Continue reading The Infinite Reading List

Secondhand Bookshops are Disappearing, and not Just in Your City

About twenty-five years ago, I did volunteer work in a struggling used bookshop in San Francisco.  Eventually, the store went out of business, but I was happy to keep paperback shelves stocked for customers who read everything from pop fiction to ancient history. I went through a meticulous process with each book.  First, I inspected the book carefully to look for damage or highlighter/underlining marks, and unfolded a few dog eared corners.  Then I wrote the price in large numerals with a #2 pencil that wasn’t too sharp.  Then each book was shelved exactly where it belonged. Whether the book was … Continue reading Secondhand Bookshops are Disappearing, and not Just in Your City

Controversial New York Prison Security Policy on Hold

Governor Mario Cuomo has ordered the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in New York State to halt — at least temporarily — a policy which went into effect ten days earlier.  The policy restricted the sources for items delivered to inmates. I’ve never been in a prison, either as an inmate or as a visitor.  I have no personal experience with the frustrating and humiliating roadblocks people must navigate in those places.  However, adults should have enough experience in life (and some basic book smarts) to see when concrete policy isn’t the answer to a complicated human problem. A New … Continue reading Controversial New York Prison Security Policy on Hold

This Book Isn’t Getting The Love it Deserves

In May of last year, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Dave Hill’s memoir and humorous essay collection, was published in hardcover by Penguin Random House. I wrote a positive review on this blogsite, and Dave (with whom I’m acquainted only on social media, not in person) went on the recommended author tour. One year later, there’s no paperback edition and no date for an upcoming paperback release.  Although everything I hear about the book is positive, it looks as if word isn’t reaching enough readers. If you appreciate serious/humorous/perceptive/metaphorical/touching life analysis, you can’t miss Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.  If you … Continue reading This Book Isn’t Getting The Love it Deserves

New Bookstore Coming Soon to Queens, NY

Bookstores aren’t easy to find anymore, especially if you aren’t in the Downtown area of a city. If you live in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, pretty soon you’ll have a chance to shop in a storefront bookstore near your home: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170516/kew-gardens/kew-gardens-bookstore-the-queens-bookshop-81-63-lefferts-blvd?utm_source=New+York+City&utm_campaign=7c8fac6c53-Mailchimp-NYC&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4f5d8e7caa-7c8fac6c53-132382133 Continue reading New Bookstore Coming Soon to Queens, NY