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BEST PLACE TO SELL
We went to Unnameable Books
when we needed money. We watched in fascination as the owner separated our books into two piles—want and don't want, giving us an instant picture of what the Brooklyn literary world is favoring (he touched no Michael Crichton
). When he had picked the books he wanted, we guessed their value at $400, and told him. He told us he would get $400 for selling them but you had to factor in rent and electricity and his staff and the fact that he had to eat, and ultimately he'd give us $180 for them and end up even broker than he already was. We took it. It's never a good time to sell books, but Unnameable makes it bearable.
We were working late on this magazine and so missed DeLillo
at BookCourt (his sole NYC appearance in conjunction with Point Omega
). Which means, despite what certain coworkers of ours have intimated, that it was not we who caused such a commotion by fainting at the very sight of him. We totally would have, though.
BEST REASON NOT TO
BUY A KINDLE
For less than the cost of an iRead or whatever, you can take a Letterpress class
at the Center for Book Arts, and learn to make your own gorgeous and irreplaceable book object.
Save NYC libraries
Save NYC Libraries
was able to convince Christine Quinn and the rest of the City Council to restore $61 million of the $77 million dollars slated to be cut from the budgets of the New York, Brooklyn and Queens public library systems, after a massive postcard campaign and publicity stunts like a 24-hour readathon drew widespread attention to the necessity of the institution—and to the utter stone foxiness of librarians everywhere.
's aggregator doesn't just go deeper into the internet than you have time to, in search of new perspectives and expert knowledge—it groups academic journals, criticism and reportage together in themed blog posts, arming confirmed dilettantes such as yourself (and us) with dozens of possible cocktail-party thrusts and parries.
BEST RESPONSE TO THE NEW YORKER'S "20 UNDER 40" LIST
Ten Over 80
The lit blog Ward Six's ostensibly less sexy "Ten Over 80
" list actually inspired far more heated debate about the worthy writers omitted (Peter Matthiessen!).