It was a lot of fun being on The Exchange
with Laura Knoy
and Dan Chartrand
Monday. It always feels like we should do an hour and a half, or two
hours; I'm always surprised when the time runs out. But we discussed a
lot of great books. The show and our lists are archived here
There were a few new books I wish
we'd had time to discuss. You'll find them on our front tables. First is
a marvelous collection of Emily Dickinson's poems: The Gorgeous Nothings
This book is a facsimile of the great poet's "envelope poems," and at
first looks like ephemera, until you realize that this collection comes
closer than a standard collection does to show how Dickinson actually
created her poems. She was so far ahead of her time, and not really of
I also wish we'd had time to discuss two new books that had their origins in popular blogs: Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half
, and Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York.
Come take a look at them at the bookstore. They are very unusual.
Someone on your list is bound to want these books. Come talk to us about
A frankly weird production is "Ron Burgundy"'s Let Me Off at the Top
. It's a fake memoir told entirely in the character of the iconic Anchorman
I say it's weird because there was no reason for it to be as good as it
is. It would have sold as a blank book. But here it is, the funniest
book of the year.
By the way, thanks to four wonderful local writers who joined us on Small Business Saturday to become booksellers for a day. We were...
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