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  • 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
  • We Will Crush Them!

    Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:11:35 Permalink
    Well, it’s that time of year again. The big bird has been eaten, the turkey soup is on the stove, and the Gibson family Christmas tree extravaganza – “Gourmet Trees” – is underway. This year we’ve laid in 150 of the finest downy balsam firs, sourced from our gourmet tree farm in Canada, raised by […]The post We Will Crush Them! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Deathless Prose

    Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:40:29 Permalink
    Just a quick thought this morning, as I’m busily trying to get to Maritime List 233 which, if I can ever finish it, ought to be out just after Turkey Day. The thought is this: We like to obsess over the bottom line at bookfairs, but we probably ought to be thinking more in the […]The post My Deathless Prose appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My New Business Plan

    Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:52:28 Permalink
    In days of old, it is said, herds of buffalo stretched twenty-five miles across the great plains of America; flocks of carrier pigeons darkened the sky for hours as they flew past. That’s the way it was, more or less, last Friday at the opening of the 39th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. The […]The post My New Business Plan appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Old Friend David Porter

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:43:31 Permalink
    I love it when Amazon suggests I buy my own book… Finally finished painting the south side of the house. Got the dry wood stacked. And most of the rest of it cut and split. Then it was time to start pulling books for next weekend’s Boston Book Fair. Arrgh! One of the things that […]The post My Old Friend David Porter appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Cure for the Common Cold

    Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:30:36 Permalink
    Getting out of the Seattle book Fair last month couldn’t have been easier. I boxed up my books, signed the shipping manifest from Caladex, and went out to a well earned feed with old chums Rob Rulon-Miller and John Windle. Unlike last year’s Seattle escape dinner – at which both Rulon and Windle revealed that […]The post Cure for the Common Cold appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Bad Witch!

    Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:40:18 Permalink
    Just in time for Halloween Witchcraft was an extreme clipper ship designed by Samuel Pook (see below) and built in Chelsea, Mass. By Paul Curtis. She was wrecked off Hatteras in 1861. According to Fairburn (p. 3946) this card was produced for her fifth voyage. He calls it a “slow and unfortunate passage and the […]The post Bad Witch! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Plan for Olson's Brain

    Sun, 18 Oct 2015 03:09:45 Permalink
    Well, Olson’s Brain is safe and sound in Gloucester Mass. A week ago today my buddy Henry Ferrini flew into Seattle, WA to meet me after the Seattle Book Fair. Next Morning we rented a 16 foot box truck (it looked big to us, but everything’s relative) and drove through the rain to Vancouver, BC, […]The post My Plan for Olson’s Brain appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Name of My Ted Talk is Pink

    Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:08:48 Permalink
    (Every year for the five years I’ve been blogging I write a post about what a terrific fair the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is. This year was no different. It was an excellent, well-run event, with good attendance, good buying, and good selling. Rather than bore myself, and probably you, by attempting clever new ways […]The post The Name of My Ted Talk is Pink appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Driving Olson's Brain

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 08:12:22 Permalink
    A few years ago a lovely book came out called Driving Mr. Albert. Here’s the blurb: Albert Einstein’s brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old pathologist named […]The post Driving Olson’s Brain appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Gaugin's Model

    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:21:08 Permalink
    Today’s entry has to do with the way Tahiti looked to Gaugin, but it is also about colleagues, and buying things, and about surprises – about whether or not they can be surprises if we expect them. Last week at the Brooklyn Book Fair my cellphone went off. It was colleague John Thomson calling me […]The post Gaugin’s Model appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • He's In

    Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:40:42 Permalink
    The weather couldn’t have been better for the long awaited Brooklyn Book Fair – this year re-labeled as the “Brooklyn Books, Art Photos Design Expo.” The venue (which last year lacked indoor toilets) was splendid, setup and breakdown were smooth, security competent, efficient and polite, and the promotion as good as anyone could reasonably have […]The post He’s In appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Okay, That's Done

    Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:18:04 Permalink
    Had a great time breaking in the writer’s shack – though a neighbor suggests it can no longer be called a “shack” since the tar paper has been covered with clapboards. I am negotiating with another neighbor to have her old car rolled over in my side yard, which would go a long way toward […]The post Okay, That’s Done appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Phase II

    Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:25:52 Permalink
    of Writer’s Shack deployment in Cape BretonThe post Phase II appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Thanks, Bruce McKinney!

    Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:18:52 Permalink
    Every once in a while we encounter events that we know will be benchmarks in our careers as antiquarian book dealers. The first shop, with its smell of fresh cut pine shelving, the first big buy, the first book fair, the biggest book fair, the biggest buy, the luckiest find, the first whale (dealer slang […]The post Thanks, Bruce McKinney! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • "There's Something Happening Here / What it Is Ain't Exactly Clear"

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:38:28 Permalink
    (Thanks, Katherine!) It had been a lovely two weeks at home – lawn mowing, bike riding, working in my garden, a little desultory cataloging, filling orders from Maritime List 231 (about 70% sold), and pleasant early morning walks, before the heat of the day settled upon us. In all, a perfect bit of summer. But […]The post “There’s Something Happening Here / What it Is Ain’t Exactly Clear” appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Down, Dirty and Distracted

    Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:11:26 Permalink
      So busy packing for next weekend’s Papermania show in Hartford that I damned near forgot to write this week’s blog. But the topic has been on my mind all week, so I’ll just give you the down and dirty version as I run out the door to tend to business in PA, then shop […]The post Down, Dirty and Distracted appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Thousand Words…

    Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:15:06 Permalink
    In 1977 my business partner Jean, something of a counterculture person, and sister-in-law of the great poet Charles Olson, got us into the house of a recently deceased artiste over on Rocky Neck. Of course the old boy’s relatives, who disapproved of his swishy ways and never had time for him when he was alive, […]The post A Thousand Words… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Fun While It Lasted

    Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:34:59 Permalink
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  • His Night on the Town

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:08:49 Permalink
    Flaneur by the age of twelve before I was ever a tired conceit the way was sufficiently interesting to offset the terror of getting lostThe post His Night on the Town appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Where Will Everyone Be?

    Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:36:48 Permalink
    Well, here we are again, at the John Dewey Academy in Great Barrington, Mass., doing the Bernice book show. Our 19th year, I think. I don’t know how Bernice manages to do it, but every year, without fail, the weather is sunny and warm. Sometimes an afternoon thunderstorm, sometimes too warm, but never cold, cloudy, […]The post Where Will Everyone Be? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Nothing Says "Shack" Better Than Tar Paper

    Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:24:04 Permalink
    I’ve been up in Cape Breton all week working on a proposal for a new book. I suppose that’s going well enough, though one never knows how well it’s really going. That’s what agents and editors are for. I thought, when I wasn’t writing or doing research, that I’d busy myself with chores. My son […]The post Nothing Says “Shack” Better Than Tar Paper appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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