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  • 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
  • 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
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