Sunday, October 24, 2010
Conversations about Books
OK, one conversation was about why this book was $40! Otherwise, the guy would have bought it, and I know he will seek it out, because he was very intrigued by reading around in it.
Here's what the author said about it: A surreal semi-autobiographical blackbook record of a semi-mad period of my life, in that mindless, timeless state most romantics pass through, confusing flesh madonnas with spiritual ones. (According to Amazon.com.) Know who and what it is?
Yes, Her, by Lawrence Ferlenghetti. It's $40 because it is a first edition hardcover copy in very good condition, with its dustjacket also in very good condition. I'm glad that he'll be able to find it at Amazon in paperback as cheap as $5, new, and $1.83 used, and see that it would have been a good deal at $40, since the only hardcover offered in the Marketplace at the moment is $137. But it's signed.
And Lawrence Ferlinghetti would probably be happy about the cheap paperback, too, as he co-founded City Lights Books for softcover books! We checked our paperback fiction shelves at Babbitt's, and even the poetry shelves (just in case) for a softcover edition. But I think A Coney Island of the Mind was somewhere in the stacks on the floor.
Another sweet conversation was with a very young girl who likes very old books. She has some at home. Her dad says our bookstore looks like his house, with full shelves and piles on the floor that make it hard to get to the shelves. I was glad I had explained the trade policy to his daughter. They might be able to bring in more than they take back out, reducing their floor clutter....and adding to ours. Uh oh.
And, indeed, some of today's conversations with were people who brought in bags of books and who will be back once somebody has a chance to look at them. I got only a tiny stack done because on Sundays I teach my little poetry class in the rare book room.
And that's how I got a copy of New Scriptor, published at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois as "A Forum for Illinois Educators." (I will peruse it and return it to the group, to be passed around among educators, next week!) According to the inside rear cover, "Any Illinois educator may submit ficiton [sic], poetry, drama, art, and expository writing." Typographical error in the guidelines notwithstanding, this issue does contain poems by Martha Modeana Vertreace-Doody, well-known Illinois poet and educator.
Gosh, I better not make any typos in this blog entry! Oh, wait, it's a blog entry. I can relax!
Anyhoo, you can get more info about the journal here.
And numerous conversations today were actually about Babette, of Babette's Books. (That would be the very cute kitty you see here, who now lives in the bookstore.)