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  • Reinventing the Wheel and Other Ruminations

    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:56:46 Permalink
    Things keep changing. I told I told you in an earlier post about my friend, a fellow bookseller a little older than I, who is sitting on thousands of maritime books – tailings of lots long since paid for – in which he has little or nothing invested. Being a sensible fellow, he wants to […]The post Reinventing the Wheel and Other Ruminations appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Eye Candy

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:10:57 Permalink
    This weekend was the 17th edition of Marvin Getman’s “Boston Antiques, Vintage Art & Design Show.” I don’t know where the venue was 17 years ago, but for the several years I’ve been doing the show it’s been held at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington Mass., home of those guys in funny hats.As with all […]The post Eye Candy appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Whistlepig Day

    Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:59:02 Permalink
    It’s kinda funny, a little creepy. As I was looking out my hotel window thinking about my blog entry for this year’s Papermania show in Hartford, CT, it dawned on me that the view from my window was almost identical to the view from my window in 2016. And 2015. You get the idea… So, […]The post Whistlepig Day appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Year in Review

    Mon, 02 Jan 2017 07:57:02 Permalink
    The Year in Review at Ten Pound Island Jan. 9 – Papermania. I stumble onto Journal kept in ye Sam’l & Anna Bound for Borneo Commencing Augst 7th 1702 by Finch Reddall Comdr. of said Ship… Which sells a few weeks later for $15,000. Jan. 24 – Heartfelt essay on the passing of Cheryl Needle. […]The post The Year in Review appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Roots

    Mon, 26 Dec 2016 04:17:28 Permalink
    Funny the way this whole thing started, then took on a life of its own. I was having a coffee with a colleague some years older than me (these days they’re scarce), and he was lamenting the 15,000 maritime books he owns, just part of a bigger collection of tens of thousand of other sorts […]The post Roots appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Feeding the Rat

    Mon, 19 Dec 2016 04:39:19 Permalink
    Well, all the chores are done. The winter’s wood is cut, split, and stacked. The compost has been turned one last time. The bills are paid. The books from the last couple of catalogs are wrapped and shipped. I’ve even got my Christmas shopping done. Everybody’s getting the same book – Fredrik Sjoberg’s The Fly […]The post Feeding the Rat appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Who Cares? I'll Tell You Who Cares!

    Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:26:09 Permalink
    On January 3, 1841 the whale ship Acushnet departed Fairhaven, Mass. on a voyage to the Pacific. On board, serving as a common seaman, was a young ex-schoolteacher named Herman Melville. By July of that year they’d rounded the Horn and were off the west coast of South America, as Melville recorded it, “on the […]The post Who Cares? I’ll Tell You Who Cares! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Faced with the Prospect…

    Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:15:53 Permalink
    Last month I stirred the pot up by posting an entry which several readers construed as “political.” A few disapproved of using a commercial space to post a personal message. A few supported the post, and most people didn’t give a damn. In that spirit I offer the following obituary – not because it’s “political,” […]The post Faced with the Prospect… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Come and Get them!!

    Sun, 27 Nov 2016 02:28:30 Permalink
    It’s that time of year again. and for the fourth season in a row, we’re making our patented 100% gluten free Gourmet Trees® available on a limited basis to the general public. Our Gourmet Tree specialists have been working for weeks  to make sure you have access to the finest Gourmet Trees® But supplies are […]The post Come and Get them!! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Perfunctory?

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:23:37 Permalink
    Got a fascinating email Sunday morning from old friend Rusty Mott of Howard S. Mott, Inc. It contained a link to a site called “Old Weather.” If I’m reading the information on their website correctly, the people who run this site direct you to a digitized copy of an old log book. Your job will […]The post Perfunctory? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Just Checking In

    Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:30:54 Permalink
    Like just about everyone I know, I’ve been profoundly effected by the unexpected election results. However, unlike many of my friends who are walking around wringing their hands wondering when the sky will fall, I feel fortunate to be associated with Everytown’s Survivor Network, because at least I can feel like I’m doing something. And […]The post Just Checking In appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Employee of the Month

    Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:32:26 Permalink
    I know the forthcoming election has got everyone nerved up and freaked out, so for a change of pace I thought I’d share a note we received this week from Greg G. For those of you who don’t know him, Greg is a longtime employee here at Ten Pound Island Book Co. He is currently […]The post Employee of the Month appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Off With Their Heads!

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:11:31 Permalink
    Masters of all they survey A couple of stories, before we get rolling, as demonstrations of why I love this nutty business. In Seattle a couple of weeks ago I bought something wonderful. I’d paid a healthy price for it, but I knew it was good. So, after doing quite a bit of research on […]The post Off With Their Heads! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The New York Effect

    Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:38:23 Permalink
    Celia and Adam’s wedding was a great success. Most of the house guests and hangers on have departed, and… Holy Smokes! It’s time for another freakin’ book fair! Where did the time go? I must say, this year’s 40th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair sort of crept up on me. Yesterday, when the boxes […]The post The New York Effect appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Perfect Hotel

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:01:47 Permalink
    (Our daughter Celia Gibson was married on Saturday and is now Celia Novello. Anticipating pre and post wedding craziness, I wrote this week’s blog last week.) I was twenty-three years old when I read my first Raymond Chandler novel and I immediately wanted to inhabit it. I didn’t need to be Marlowe. I just wanted […]The post The Perfect Hotel appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Seattle, 2016. A Redeye View

    Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:12:17 Permalink
    A week ago Friday morning I left Cape Breton and drove twelve hours down through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, and New Hampshire, to my home in Gloucester, Mass. I did a few chores there, payed a few bills, repacked my bag, and flew to Minneapolis-St. Paul. From there, colleague Rob Rulon-Miller and I drove […]The post Seattle, 2016. A Redeye View appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Boy and his Book

    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:59:49 Permalink
    In February of 1964, in my freshman American Literature Survey Class, I first encountered Moby Dick. Our teacher was Daniel Hoffman, a worthy poet, critic, and educator who’d go on to publish two dozen books, one of which, Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe was nominated for the National Book Award. All in all, […]The post A Boy and his Book appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Perfect

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:03:38 Permalink
    Back up on the farm in Cape Breton for a week of work on the gun book. Pretty desolate. Very quiet. No frills. Perfect.The post Perfect appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Pilgrim's Progress

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:52:56 Permalink
    There was actually a line of traffic turning into the big Ramada Inn complex in Boxborough, Mass. for the paper show this past Saturday. The lobby was crowded with people. I thought, “Wow! The Flamingoz have really gotten the word out this time.” Then, as I was finding my place at the end of the […]The post A Pilgrim’s Progress appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Fair Grows in Brooklyn

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:29:18 Permalink
    ‘Nuff Said Back before those pretentious Palm Beach promoters took it over, the Baltimore Antique and Book Fair had a warm, friendly feel. It was the first show of the season, sort of like the first day of school, and it was fun to be back in the company of our colleagues after a summer’s […]The post A Fair Grows in Brooklyn appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Marketplace of Idiots

    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:15:04 Permalink
    My August 29 blog post was a typical, geezerish lament about how the Internet has transformed used books, with no concern for their literary merit, into unsellable dreck. Therefore, instead of being happy, as I used to be upon entering a used book store, these places now fill me with melancholy. End of blog. Yesterday […]The post A Marketplace of Idiots appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Transgressive

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:19:03 Permalink
    I’m about halfway through the second draft of my novel, and I’m having a difficult time gathering my stock for next weekend’s third annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. To tell you the truth I’m having a difficult time concentrating on anything other than how I’m going to work my way through the next chapter. (My […]The post Transgressive appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Way Things Are

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:24:46 Permalink
    Item #1 – A History of Wonderful Animals… Just finished Maritime List 239 – WET PAPER: Part 1, which went up on the website this morning. It was a list of nothing but maritime ephemera. (Wet Paper. Get it?) By lunch time it was half sold. When I started out to be a bookseller in […]The post The Way Things Are appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Tomato Concerns

    Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:28:33 Permalink
    Four days in Albuquerque hanging with the amazing moms of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (and a few dads as well) learning advocacy, legislation, organizing, recruiting, media outreach, and lots more. Home tonight, then New York next week for a big appraisal. Who’s gonna eat my tomatoes while I’m gone?The post Tomato Concerns appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Queer Theory

    Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:49:59 Permalink
    Let’s have a rally in Washington! We’ll give ourselves a few weeks to plan and organize it, and we’ll raise money for it on Facebook. We’ll wait until Congress leaves town for summer recess, and then we’ll hold our rally on the afternoon of one of the hottest days of the summer, on reclaimed marshland […]The post Queer Theory appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Mystery for Booksellers to Solve

    Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:34:50 Permalink
    Okay, I admit it. This week I got nothin’. I’ve been distracted working on my book, and watering all those thirsty lawns and gardens (“perfect summer” = drought), and taking bike rides, and working on the Maud archive at the Maud/Olson Library and, oh yes, writing up the next maritime list. The last one, you […]The post A Mystery for Booksellers to Solve appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • British Bottoms

    Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:21:28 Permalink
     The remains of Maritime List 238 Maritime List 238 being over and done with, I moved onto Maritime List 239. The differences between paper and digital catalogs are obvious, but some of the results of those differences continue to surprise me. For example, in the old days orders from my paper catalogs would dribble in […]The post British Bottoms appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Breakfast with Mishka

    Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:51:02 Permalink
    Just finished the first draft of my novel and, although a normal person would be pleased to have accomplished such a thing, any writer knows that this is an occasion for depression, doubt, and tortured self-interrogation. In essence a first draft is no more than a promissory note committing the hapless writer to hundreds, if […]The post My Breakfast with Mishka appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Captain Joe

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:21:06 Permalink
    One of the things I like best about my job is that I learn something new every day. I know, it’s a trite phrase and a worn out idea, but it happens to be true. There is no end of books, and every book is ripe with secrets. Well, most of them, anyway. I’ll bet […]The post Captain Joe appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Cape Breton, July 12, 2016

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:03:29 Permalink
    This is the sort of thing I’ve got to deal with around here. 47,873 words into the first draft, but who’s counting?The post Cape Breton, July 12, 2016 appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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