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  • The Suburban Trap

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:23:22 Permalink
    Up in Cape Breton for a couple of weeks working on another book. Three years ago I was displaced from my former digs, a lovely old barn of a studio my artist friend built and then abandoned. When his daughter moved in, I moved out. This was an excellent development for all concerned. The heiress […]The post The Suburban Trap appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Grace's Midden

    Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:06:44 Permalink
    This one was a little difficult to pull together, so it’s a day late. My mother-in-law got me thinking down a long and winding road. The RBMS Dealer’s Showcase in Coral Gables went pretty well. Colleague Frank Wood ponders boxes Saw some librarian friends and made a couple of new ones, hung out with my […]The post Grace’s Midden appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • All the Books That Fit Part 2 – Miami

    Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:21:52 Permalink
    Glosta suitcase – Ready to go! The room with a view The view The room The suitcase Open The goods What do Whalemen Dream? Manuscript. Whaling Log of the John and Edward. May 1841 – June 1844. New Bedford to the Indian Ocean. Folio, about 200 pages of manuscript entries.  The “John and Edward” was […]The post All the Books That Fit Part 2 – Miami appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • War and… Peace

    Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:54:38 Permalink
    Hard to believe, for me anyway, but we’ve just shot past the sixth anniversary of Bookman’s Log. Yes, I should have written this entry after the fifth anniversary, and I don’t know why I didn’t. The post dated June 8, 2015 is about my dimwitted attempt to sell rare maritime books through an eBay store. […]The post War and… Peace appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • All the Books I Did Not Buy

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:11:43 Permalink
    Don’t know how he did it, but somehow promoter Marvin Getman scouted up an extra twenty exhibitors, elevating the venerable New Hampshire book fair from “do not resuscitate” status to the Intensive Care Unit. Maybe there’s a pent up nostalgia for book fairs that’s leafing out in this fine spring weather – they’re certainly fun […]The post All the Books I Did Not Buy appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • You Get What You Pay For. London, 2016

    Sun, 29 May 2016 04:56:02 Permalink
    We savored a final view of Cork then took off for the London book fairs. Rented an apartment with a kitchen in Barron’s Court on the cheap, but it was so scuzzy we decided not to use the kitchen. I took pictures, but they were disheartening, and I deleted them. We got what we paid […]The post You Get What You Pay For. London, 2016 appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Requirements for Working on the Great American Novel

    Sat, 21 May 2016 01:40:27 Permalink
    Only in Ireland It helps to leave America, in my case anyway. Not for any political or philosophical reasons, but because there are fewer distractions in a country where hardly anyone knows you. We hung out with our friends Mick and Kathy for a few days. They run a retreat center called Sherkin North Shore […]The post Requirements for Working on the Great American Novel appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Birthday Girl and the Magic Tower

    Mon, 16 May 2016 02:47:11 Permalink
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  • Alterity

    Sun, 08 May 2016 08:25:44 Permalink
    So I’m sitting around the table with Anne Marie on Sunday night. We’ve had our cocktails and a fine Sunday dinner, and she’s working her crossword puzzle, and she says, more or less out of the blue, without even looking up, the way thoughts sometimes rise without being summoned, “I finally emailed Claire and Rosaleen […]The post Alterity appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Sorry Folks…

    Mon, 02 May 2016 06:43:47 Permalink
    …but I just posted Maritime List 236 and the response has been overwhelming. I’ve already missed a noon phone meeting and didn’t realize until a few minutes ago that I had a blog entry due. The blog was going to be about my trip to Virginia to buy a rare book that a library was […]The post Sorry Folks… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Volunteered Slavery

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:26:25 Permalink
    Years ago I sold my 10,000 books, dropped ABE, and retired my sidekick Joe Burns – none of which I regret. I do miss Joe on occasion, but I don’t miss coughing up tens of thousands of dollars each year for the pleasure of his company. I don’t miss those 10,000 dust-gathering, stinky old books […]The post Volunteered Slavery appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Jumping the Shark

    Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:01:08 Permalink
    This was going to be one of those blog entries that writes itself. By last Thursday I had the basic idea figured out. Sunday, April 17 was going to be the day Marvin Getman jumped the shark. Over the past few years Getman had proved himself an energetic and innovative promoter, opening new venues in […]The post Jumping the Shark appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • And Elsewhere in the News…

    Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:41:20 Permalink
    It’s gotten to be a running joke at book fairs. I stand by the entrance at the start of the show and take a picture of the people waiting to get in. Sometimes the image of a long line gives a sense of the excitement that awaits within. Sometimes it’s just the same few sad, […]The post And Elsewhere in the News… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My MacArthur Genius Grant

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 08:21:20 Permalink
    Promoter Sandy Smith hired a well known graphic artist to design a signature image for this year’s New York Antiquarian Book Fair. I think it was supposed to… I don’t know what it was supposed to do. Send a message to millennials that the book fair was cool? Evoke the pleasure we all had when […]The post My MacArthur Genius Grant appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Big Fat New York Book Fair

    Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:27:18 Permalink
    I’ve always heard it said that a picture is worth 1000 words, and my blog entries usually run about 1000 words in length, so here’s this week’s blog. (See above) Highlights include: Wilson, AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY, 9 folio vols. Phila, 1808-1814. 76 hand colored plates Bonaparte, AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY, 4 FOLIO VOLS. Phila. 1825-1833. 27 hand colored […]The post My Big Fat New York Book Fair appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Invisible Promoter and Other Random Thoughts

    Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:48:13 Permalink
    I’m getting a little tired of writing about book shows. My reports are all pretty much the same, aren’t they? I buy something, I sell something. I talk about set up and move out, then tell a funny/touching/ sad/outrageous story, maybe with a profound conclusion. Sometimes I advertise a particularly interesting item I’ve just bought. […]The post The Invisible Promoter and Other Random Thoughts appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Last Oyster

    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 01:33:17 Permalink
    Sitting on the 2nd floor patio of the Hampton Inn in St. Pete where, eight years ago (I looked it up), I sat in utter despair of my book business, inhaling melancholy cigars, sipping whiskey, and trying to imagine how I might survive. My overwrought idea was to start a new business called Heartbroken Sailor, […]The post The Last Oyster appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • But Back to the Matter at Hand

    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 09:45:24 Permalink
    Have I already written the Groundhog Day blog? Hard to know for sure. There’s a way in which each of these book fairs is the same, year after year, with only the slightest variation each time. Wasn’t that how the Bill Murray movie proceeded? Or, as the enigmatically grinning Hutch – AKA William Hutchison Books […]The post But Back to the Matter at Hand appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • I Love My Books!

    Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:10:53 Permalink
    The Pasadena show, as I’ve noted in an earlier blog entry, came off without a hitch. That is, until the very end. I had sent my books via UPS to the freight forwarder in California – a very efficient bunch called Event Productions Inc. – who were working with the promoters, and when I arrived […]The post I Love My Books! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Fingerless Navigator

    Mon, 22 Feb 2016 02:01:22 Permalink
    THE FINGERLESS NAVIGATOR MEETS BOBBI GIBB Kent Circle, 1893 “At Kent Circle… At Kunt Circle” -Charles Olson MAXIMUS IV,V,VI When I began selling old and rare books 40 years ago the people of Cape Ann had more than a passing familiarity with the history of this place. They knew it chapter and verse, and they […]The post The Fingerless Navigator appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Yogurt

    Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:14:23 Permalink
    No trouble packing out of last week’s show in San Mateo, enjoying a quiet dinner, and heading down the coast next morning past Levi’s Stadium, already crowded with Superbowl tailgaters, to Santa Barbara to enjoy a rather strange Superbowl in our motel – sliding glass doors open to the harbor and gentle sunny breezes filtering […]The post Yogurt appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • San Mateo, 2016

    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:14:32 Permalink
    Show Dog The whole thing was a gamble. The California “shadow” show, traditionally held the week before the big ABAA book fair, had been bounced from its location at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Promoter Nancy Johnson was faced with a tough call. If she decided not to run a shadow show, some other promoter […]The post San Mateo, 2016 appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Dear Abby

    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:47:08 Permalink
    Dear Abby: My wife and I are semi-retired and sometimes the hours get long. This Christmas our daughter-in-law gave us the complete CD set of “The Wire” and we binge-watched all five seasons. Now we call each other by the “N…” word, and end every phrase with “yo.” We know this is our own fault, […]The post Dear Abby appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • In Memoriam: Cheryl Needle

    Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:38:57 Permalink
    The New England antiquarian book trade suffered a major loss this past week. Cheryl Needle died at her home in Pepperell, Massachusetts after more than a year of living through the ravages of cancer. The obits always refer to this terrible ordeal as a “battle with cancer,” but “battle” was not Cheryl’s style. She endured […]The post In Memoriam: Cheryl Needle appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Showing Up for Work

    Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:40:16 Permalink
    Same drive Same hotel Same room Same walk through the passageway to the XL (formerly Hartford Civic) Center that I’ve taken every year, since when – 1987? – noting how much has changed and how much has not changed. It’s all pretty much the same, actually. And yet, and yet… As I head for my […]The post Showing Up for Work appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Marvin's Experiment

    Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:27:17 Permalink
    Lost my camera somewhere, so this entry will be in black and white… Last Tuesday I loaded my car with materials for the next show, then drove with my wife up to Camden, Maine for two days of eating, drinking, napping, and visiting old friends. After all that was done, we rose bright and early […]The post Marvin’s Experiment appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Don't Worry, It's Only Me

    Sun, 27 Dec 2015 05:22:15 Permalink
    Reading Room in the Maud/Olson Library Back in October I wrote a couple of blog entries about my journey from the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair to Vancouver, BC to pick up the Ralph Maud/Charles Olson library, and then about my 3800 mile journey, accompanied by my old steaming buddy Henry Ferrini, across the United States, […]The post Don’t Worry, It’s Only Me appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Is That What We Want?

    Sun, 20 Dec 2015 07:36:28 Permalink
    There are three kinds of people in the world: wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. – American Sniper, 2014 After decades of watching us do nothing to prevent hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths, I have a deep understanding of why gun control won’t work. Not only will it not work, it’s a bad idea in a […]The post Is That What We Want? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Some Questions for Wayne and the Boys…

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:49:51 Permalink
    1. What are you so afraid of, anyway? 2. What kind of man are you if you need a gun to be a man? 3. Where is your Lord if you can’t rely on Him to guide you to your Destiny? 4. What happens to a country whose motto becomes “In Gun We Trust”?The post Some Questions for Wayne and the Boys… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Plowshares and Pruning Hooks

    Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:34:08 Permalink
    At a recent board meeting of Gourmet Trees Inc. the decision was made to ramp up our advertising campaign. Consequently, the tree-buying public will now know that our fine balsam firs are guaranteed 100% gluten free. No other trees on Cape Ann can make this claim – at least none have made it yet, and […]The post Plowshares and Pruning Hooks appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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