Kid Lit, My Friend, Kid Lit

How do you read? What? What I mean is – and I mean this indirectly – what do you intend to get out of what you read? That’s a pretty general question, Bob. All right, I’m still not being clear enough. Do you read to get the gist of the story? Do you read to…

Read a Banned Book Today

  Books speak quietly. They’re full of ideas-and stories representing concepts that can’t seem to be transmitted any other way, except perhaps in pictures. But throughout history, books have been banned. Why? Societies put limits on the behavior of their people, for one thing. This is often necessary for a society to function. The rub…

Making Room For The New

  It’s an urge I get once in a while – to replace some of my rattier things, something I don’t do often until I’m threadbare. New bed coverings, new area carpets, getting rid of old things from my marriage, too. And here’s another thing: I’m getting rid of my inventory of books written by…

The Friendship of Books

Last night I began reading the latest copy of American Scholar magazine, and came across a brief essay by one┬áJethro K. Lieberman, a recently retired professor of law at New York Law School. Since he’s not working, his friends are encouraging him to get rid of his books, but he’s resisting. “What do you need…

A Very Brief History of Burned Books

A somewhat obscure placing for a news item of this import: in my local paper, a quarter column piece revealed that the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar (anything to draw people to books) had been broken into. The miscreants, of course, had made off with some $500 and apparently some of the champagne….

To Read Or Listen, That’s The Question

  This week, when a technician stopped by to install a security gizmo for me, he quickly made note of my book collection and bemoaned the fact that as a newlywed he hardly had time to read any more. But, he added, I listen to audiobooks now when I’m on the road. So I offered…

Indie Booksellers Are Adding Up

The following article from the Associate Press saw print in May, 2015. this should be good news to all avid book readers as well as writers trying to market their books. The independent bookseller community continues to expand, through new stores opening and old stores adding new locations. Core membership of the American Booksellers Association…