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I got two books by young novelists in the mail today, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry and The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein. Both of them had blurbs by Gary Shteyngart.
Anyone who works in a bookstore or frequents bookstores or somehow encounters books written by young novelists will know one simple truth about the publishing industry: Gary Shteyngart blurbs EVERYTHING.
Here's a really cool website called Dead Advice in which people pretend they are dead and write letters to the living. Each letter begins with the phrase, "Now that I am dead, I want to tell you a few things." I like this because I like advice columns, and this is like an advice column but with a pleasant helping of teenage morbidity on top.
When local children's book writer and illustrator Erik P. Kraft archives his CDs, he writes a little story about each one. Sometimes he draws a little drawing, too. (Above, Miles' Davis seminal jazz fusion classic, Bitches Brew.) They're pretty great. You can check them out on Kraft's Tumblr, which is chockablock with charming illustrations.
I am a very enthusiastic subscriber to designer flash sale emporium, Fab.com. I am consistently delighted by the designers they feature and regularly curse God that I grew up to be a writer instead of a venture capitalist.
Not today! I opened this morning's email to discover wares from Steven Gabriel, an LA designer who runs an Etsy store called Vintage Book Clocks
Last week, the inimitable John Hodgman (above, backstage) appeared at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to talk about his new book. (You can read my interview with him here.) It was epic. Ted Leo performed a mini concert, Hodgman orchestrated a script reading of an imaginary competitive hoarding reality show, and a young fella proposed to his girlfriend (she said yes!).
Tom Lyons has bought the New England Mobile Book Fair. Lyons, a Brookline-based management consultant, and current owner Jon Strymish confirmed the sale earlier today. The Newton Highlands institution has beein in the Strymish family for 54 years and has been on the market for one. "I'm happy and ready to move on," Strymish said.
Boston being full of college kids and all, you'd think there'd be a shit ton of missed connections involving books, so I turned to Craiglist to find out. Here's what I saw:
Reading John McPhee (m4w) Green Line
You were wearing a maroon coat and reading "The Founding Fish" on the train around 5 this evening.
Most longstanding couples' shared interests include home furnishings and certain cable series. Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, Galaxi 500 emeriti, have most of us beat . In addition to their band, Damon and Naomi, the pair runs the tiny, awesome publishing house Exact Change Press and, most recently, collaborated on the book Afterimage, a collection of Krukowski's poems illustrated with Yang's photographs.
Over at Shareable, Paul M. Davis is keeping real-time tabs on what's happening with the Occupy Wall Street People's Library after the NYPD seized its books during the raid of Zucotti Park. (A brief rundown: the police and impounded the library's 5,000 books -- the picture above was tweeted by the mayor's office to assure people the books hadn't been destroyed.