Spotted this while walking home from work. Tons of tables, each table holding tons of boxes, each box holding tons of books.
A little before closing time, one page would get a key to the lights and the bullhorn. They’d then go up to the top floor of the library, and on each level they’d flick the lights off and on, off and on. And then hop on the bullhorn, shouting out “The Library will be closing in 10 minutes!”
As I was browsing around, a woman said behind me “I’ve got another box.” I turned, and saw she had set out yet more books to go through. I learned a lot of them were Philosophy books (she and her husband were both professors, I think). I learned that they’re moving, and that these books are a small sample of what they had inside the house.
“A staggeringly pointless achievement, stemming so obviously from a place of deep hurt and loneliness.” —Kelsey Grammary”
“Maybe you wonder how a Jewish girl from Des Moines got Jesus Christ tattooed on her three times: ascending on one thigh, crucified on the other, and conducting a miniature apocalypse beneath the right shoulder.”
What started as a torn ACL and a prescription for Vicodin would eventually lead him, years later, to the thing that Curcio is now best known for: stealing over $400,000 from a Brinks armored truck while using a team of unwitting decoys, dressed in identical outfits. Dubbed “The Craigslist Bandit” and “D. B. Tuber”, Curcio used Craigslist to set up the robbery, and an innertube to make his getaway. It was one of the more creative (and successful) bank robberies in recent history.
Guy Laramee turns books into remarkably detailed, textured landscapes. Unlike some of the book art I’ve seen (I’m primarily familiar with Brian Dettmer’s work), these pieces don’t play off of the books’ content. Instead, it’s the physicality of the books that seem to count more. The book as object oftentimes dissolves into a miniature landscape that makes you forget you were looking at a book to begin with.
Walking home after an afternoon coffee, Liz and I came across a big box of free books. As we were looking through the box, the owner actually came out with the bin on the left, and invited us to root through them all. There were actually several nice books to be had (a copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude, and what looked to be a very early paperback edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
My friend Maureen was recently interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered. The segment aired over the weekend, and it involved her discussing her book Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America. Part of the interview has her going into tips for would-be adventurers, heading in to try to find their own treasures at…
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America (Penguin Press) provides an intimate glimpse to the world of antiques, and the people who buy and trade in these little artifacts of history. Written by Maureen Stanton, the author follows antiques dealer Curt Avery from location to location, in search of old and valuable objects….
My friend and coworker James VanOsdol has just published a book! It’s entitled Off the Record Collection: Riffs, Rants and Writings About Rock. Here’s a blurb: Off the Record Collection compiles Chicago media personality/author James VanOsdol’s writings about rock and roll in its myriad forms, with special attention paid to classic rock, alt rock, and the dynamic Chicago music scene….
Breathing Books is a perfect tumblr blog for bibliophiles. Interestingly enough, I recently talked about libraries with Sandra at work (she thinks I would have made a good librarian). These images definitely remind me of my days as a library page, both at the Indiana University Library, as well as the Monroe County Public Library. I love how warm and…
About a year ago, I picked up a copy of a book entitled Wisdom. Compiled by Andrew Zuckerman, the book interviews over sixty well known writers, musicians, actors, politicians… and asks them all to share their definition of what wisdom means. Though I’ve never sat down to read the book all the way through, I’ve kept it around nearby. I…
A pretty amazing stop-motion animation based on the opening pages of Going West, by Maurice Gee. Made by Andersen M Studio, there are some pretty impressive moments (my favorite is of the identitcal houses, self-forming). Sadly, I wish I could track down the text, as it was a little hard to make out at points. Thanks to Gretchen for the…