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What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?

I wasn’t looking *at* anything, I was looking *for* a book. A children’s book that I had vague, but warm memories from owning back in my ancient youth. Weird how as you age, memories of childhood pop up randomly. If they pop up a great deal, and your short term[Read More...]

by May 25, 2012 Book Collecting, Miscellaneous
Where Have All The Indies Gone, and B. Dalton’s and Brentano’s and Waldonbooks, and Borders and Even, EEK! B&N?

Where Have All The Indies Gone, and B. Dalton’s and Brentano’s and Waldonbooks, and Borders and Even, EEK! B&N?

There is no place to buy new books anywhere within my radius, and I don’t live in Timbuktu. I live right outside a major city, suburbs with millions of people, and there are practically no bookstores. Three B&N’s are hanging on, but who knows if they will disappear the way[Read More...]

by May 23, 2012 Brick and Mortar Thoughts
ALA-la! The Read Campaign Entices Book Lovers One Poster Boy (or Girl) At A Time

ALA-la! The Read Campaign Entices Book Lovers One Poster Boy (or Girl) At A Time

by Jas Faulkner It was the mid-eighties and I was wandering through the stacks of the old tower library at Memphis State University with a friend when she first pointed him out to me. He was hanging out at the end of a shelf and we couldn’t help but notice as[Read More...]

by May 20, 2012 Miscellaneous
Judy's first adventure

Judy Bolton—Out Sleuths Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew, a familiar name even to those who have never opened a juvenile mystery. The original books have been edited, altered, modernized and celebrated in film and TV. Even today there are contemporary stories featuring the teenager and her two girl friends, Bess and George. But if you are[Read More...]

A Little Nancy Drew

A Little Nancy Drew

In the mid 2000’s, I had a website where I sold vintage illustration jewelry. For each category I wrote a description. Within the Girl Sleuths subject was a sub category of just Nancy Drew pins. Instead of describing the dust jacket art, I decided to write a little ditty using[Read More...]

by May 17, 2012 Dastardly Deeds, Miscellaneous
How On Earth Do Writers Write

How On Earth Do Writers Write

I mean, how do they find the time, the solitude, the quiet? Do they have little cells hidden behind walls only accessible by pulling the candlestick on the mantle for a door to slide open? Or, do they banish family to outer Mongolia during the long hours typing away? I[Read More...]

by May 11, 2012 Miscellaneous
When The Need To Read Dissipates

When The Need To Read Dissipates

The gradual or sudden lack of desire to pick up a book and read occurs frequently to me. There’s no discernible reason for it. One day I’m finishing an exciting thriller, the next I can’t find the interest to open my favorite author’s latest book. No specific time of the year,[Read More...]

by May 10, 2012 Miscellaneous
Higgelty Pigglety Pop!  Maurice Sendak Follows Jennie to the Castle Yonder

Higgelty Pigglety Pop! Maurice Sendak Follows Jennie to the Castle Yonder

by Jas Faulkner Admitted or not, sometimes trapped deep beneath layers of intellectual noise is the part of us that wants to don a wolf suit and run wild, unfettered by the concerns of real life. The men and women who create those special places are our real life magic[Read More...]

by May 8, 2012 Miscellaneous, News & Opinions