Archive for the 'Life, The Universe & Everything' Category

WHAT…? NO CATS…? CALL THE UNION…!

October 25th, 2014

John K King Used & Rare Books, Detroit, USA: Kings is located in a huge 1940s glove factory, which John bought in the early 1980s after having outgrown his former premises in the Michigan Theatre Building. The shop has twenty employees, two dogs and two canaries.

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 25th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Campaign Costs Hotel/motel tax split Court wants higher pay raises 1990 cold case Water main break in Belpre Top Headlines Poll: Are you even more concerned about contracting Ebola? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

MEASURING THE LITERATE…

October 24th, 2014

The Bookworm, Beijing, China: This store combines reading and partying: “The Bookworm often has impromptu music evenings that bubble up out of nowhere, normally huddled around the bookshop piano. In some rooms the bookshelves are floor-to-ceiling, and there is an outdoor terrace where they serve cocktails,” says Campbell.

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 24th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Orchard Place Marietta police chief plans to retire in Feb. Drug trafficker gets 90-day jail sentence Seismic testing Old vs. new in Ohio House race Top Headlines Poll: Do you plan to support the Children Services levy in the coming election? Great pictures of Marietta… […]

FINALLY, A GOOD COLONIALISM…

October 23rd, 2014

Bookseller in Calcutta, India: “College Street in Calcutta, India, is known as Boi Para (Colony of Books). Many publishers are based there, and book stalls stretch for half a mile along it”, with pamphlets, paperbacks, out-of-print editions and all kinds of publications in many languages spilling over onto the road.

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 23rd, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Seismic testing Old vs. new in Ohio House race Local man to get six months Applications for Secret Santa Top Headlines Poll: Do you plan to support the Children Services levy in the coming election? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

PARKED IN THE PORTE COCHERE

October 22nd, 2014

James Lee Burke has a vocabulary all his own and the common words arch across novels, decades and characters. The phrase Porte Cochere (see page 326) literally means coach door, and is one that I’ve always thought meant what I would call a carport. I wasn’t far wrong, but there is history and a regionalilty […]

COWPOKE READING…

October 22nd, 2014

Singing Wind Bookstore, Benson, Arizona: Winifred Bundy has been selling books here for 40 years. It’s a little tricky to find, situated on a working cattle farm four miles from the nearest town. It doesn’t have a website, Twitter, Facebook or email address. “It doesn’t even have opening hours: you just have to turn up […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 22nd, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Banishing bullies Belpre man gets 4 years Accomplice gets prison Former Steeler to speak locally Around Town Top Headlines Poll: Do you plan to support the Children Services levy in the coming election? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on here… Previously…

SAVING BOOKS, ONE STITCH AT A TIME…

October 21st, 2014

George Bayntun, Bath, England: George Bayntun’s bindery has been open since the 1800s, and even now there are eleven binders working there, with clients across the globe. Between them they’ve been in the field for 337 years. The bindery also claims to have the largest collection of hand tools and blocks in the world—more than […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 21st, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages until 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Providing safe haven for animals a labor of love What the Children Services Levy means Guilty plea for drug trafficking Gator’s open for business Warren schools looks at 5-year forecast Top Headlines Poll: […]

TEAR DOWN THAT WALL…

October 20th, 2014

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THE VAULTS SHOULD BE READING ROOMS…

October 20th, 2014

Munro’s, Victoria, Canada: In 1963 Jim Munro and his first wife, the Nobel-winning short story-writer Alice Munro, opened a bookshop in a narrow space near Victoria’s movie theatres. Now Munro’s is in a neo-classical building designed for the Royal Bank of Canada in 1909. “They keep their overstock in the old bank’s vaults,” says Campbell.

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 20th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Fire crews practice techniques on donated structure Career Center project finally sold Fall fun for all on the farm Paying it forward: School volunteer finds job rewarding WSCC offers honors program to new students Top Headlines Poll: What do you do with your leftover Halloween […]

NOW THIS IS THE LIFE…

October 19th, 2014

The Book Barge, Lichfield (and environs), England: This 60-feet narrow boat, which is also a bookshop, has toured the canals of Britain since 2011, along with bookshop rabbit Napoleon Bunnyparte. “Owner Sarah Henshaw has just bought a plot of land in France and is determined to take Le Book Barge across the sea,” says Campbell.

NOT THE (SUNDAY) MARIETTA TIMES…

October 19th, 2014

TODAY’S PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News MasqueRave Heritage Day draws visitors Wood early voting starts Wednesday W.Va. political figure, doctor Gillespie dies North Hills has field of nine candidates Top Headlines Poll: Was it appropriate for outgoing Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly to sit with Washington Redskins owner Dan […]

AND THE ESPRESSO MACHINE IS WHERE…?

October 18th, 2014

Libreria Palazzo Roberti, Bassano del Grappa, Italy: This bookshop is in an 18th-century palazzo which sprawls over three floors, with grand frescos by Giovanni Scajaro, a student of Giambattista Tiepolo. It also regularly hosts photography exhibitions and classical concerts.

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 18th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News Food safety Local Democrats rally at dinner Woman awaits sentencing for drug trafficking Call of duty in Marietta 130 years in city; roots in Harmar Top Headlines Poll: What’s your level of confidence in the government’s response to Ebola? My confidence is high that we […]

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON READING…

October 17th, 2014

Barter Books, Alnwick, England: “With lines of poetry written along its shelves, and model trains running along the top of the bookcases, this is a bit of a booklover’s dream”, says Campbell. This giant shop is also where the second world war poster campaign that nobody ever saw, Keep Calm and Carry On, was uncovered.

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

October 17th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE (Note: Newseum doesn’t usually update the front pages until 0630 or so) Today’s headlines include: Local News Breast cancer Marietta firm helps famed QB Custodian foils school break-in No Ebola screening at local airport Council opts for hearing on oil, gas lease Top Headlines Poll: How would you react if […]

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