Tag Archives: vintage books

Shameful Vintage Books About Homosexuality

This came across my Google feed for vintage books. Not sure what appalls me more: The “authors” of these books that obviously cared more about their wallets than their morals; or, the torn, confused young people that faced a hostile, … Continue reading

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Connect The Blogs: Hobbit Sighting in Rural Virginia

Dodgson at first did not think it worth publishing his tale of Wonderland and Professor Tolkien–but not his publishers–still remains to be convinced that anyone will want to read his most delightful history of a Hobbit’s journey. The above passage … Continue reading

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Peek Into the Minds of Classic Authors

I’ve been stuck in a post. While I air-out my brain and regroup, I share Emily Temple’s fascinating compilation; a peek into the minds of famous authors. What were they thinking? I’ve appropriately chosen Henry Miller’s, Remember to Remember. Do … Continue reading

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6 Super Cool Bookshelf Ideas

You may know my motto about books: don’t throw them out! OK, so now what? You have books laying about, in piles, making dust bunnies, or soldiered up in line formation in your boring IKEA bookshelf. I’ve got news for … Continue reading

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Connect the Blogs: Indonesia’s Orange Rose

One of the great advantages to blogging is the chance to connect with people from all over the world. Some from far-away lands and cultures that I can only dream to lay feet upon. One such blogger is Yuna in … Continue reading

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Book Crossing with Vintage Books

Ever feel like Rumpelstiltskin? Asleep at the wheel of life for a very long time? Well, that describes my last decade and probably why I, a book fanatic, hadn’t heard of Book Crossing until the other day. Intrigue, sharing, mystery, … Continue reading

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Nouveau Larousse Illustré Dictionnaire (1898) : Happy Spring!

Jack Frost needs a calendar.  It’s the first day of Spring, old man!  Like the messy house guest that long overstays his welcome, yesterday he dropped a pile of late-March snow dung outside my door.  Yeah, every cloud has…blah, blah, … Continue reading

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Altered Book Artist: Brian Dettmer

My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators… (1) …and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception. (1) In this work I … Continue reading

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Fielding’s Travel Guide to Europe (1952) – History, Culture and “Mad Men” Personified

Sex, black markets and fine dining. Yes, it sounds like the juicy trappings of a Bond novel, but it’s actually an intriguing non-fiction travel guide that develops into a–sometimes troubling–snapshot of early post-World War II Europe and the U.S. — … Continue reading

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CICERO ~ “Of Old Age” and “Of Friendship” (1481)

I was searching for a fine vintage book to pay homage to Cicero, the one who’s wise words grace this blog’s banner — “A room without books is like a body without a soul” — and boy did I find … Continue reading

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