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the bummer life: I miss the good ol' days

the bummer life: I miss the good ol' days

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housingworksbookstore: Fowler looks the part of a bookseller. He wears brown corduroy blazers and checkered shirts, buttoned to the top; he twists the tips of his mustache into little handlebars. The look is quaint, but in the antiquarian book world, Fowler is a renegade and innovator. (via An Oddly Modern Antiquarian Bookshop - NYTimes.com)

housingworksbookstore: Fowler looks the part of a bookseller. He wears brown corduroy blazers and checkered shirts, buttoned to the top; he twists the tips of his mustache into little handlebars. The look is quaint, but in the antiquarian book world, Fowler is a renegade and innovator. (via An Oddly Modern Antiquarian Bookshop - NYTimes.com) "This isnt' the store were you'll find the book you were looking for," Fowler says. "It's the store where you'll find the book you didn't know you were looking for." There is a beauty in this that I expect few to understand. Publishing has always been about getting your book into as many hands and through as many eyes as possible. Get everyone talking about it, earn lots of money through it. But not every book is for everyone. Frequently books are written with the highest common denominator in mind. In a sense, I think some book should be exceptionally hard to find. I think about my two copies of John Clellon Holmes Go and how impossible it seemed to find (of course, today, like so many things, easy to find). The original copy I had - a battered volume - was found at the botom of a stack at Black and Read. I, then, foolishly borrowed that copy out to a girl I was chasing who tried too hard to show me she liked literature and was writing some kind of thesis. In an attempt to replace the book I toured every single bookstore in the Denver area. No one had it. Not in store, not online, not even in the vast library circuit my card plugged me into. Years later I found myself in San Francisco's City Lights bookstore on a whim where I came across not one, but twenty copies of Go, brand new, just sitting on a shelf in the corner of the room probably reserved for events and readings and such. I hadn't looked for the book in years, yet there it was. It is now a practice of mine to keep two copies of books that I am likely to love so much I lend them out. I don't expect the words I write to please everyone. In fact, I sort of hope they dont. When I write, I write for myself. Stories that make sense to me about characters that are battling what I think is a helluva struggle. When it does come time to hit "publish" I don't expect anyone to invest in it or a ton of marketing to flounder about it. Books should be written for those who want to read, and those who want to read will know exactly where to find them.

Sunday morning writing about writing on Bend&Brew

Injuries and recovery be damned, I'll be getting back to ol' habits. The wife has been pretty wonderful in getting me up and out of the house lately. I can't say I hate it, being outside. Being at home, out of the cold, with the shade of the internet between me and everything else I'm involved with. Really, destroying my knee was an introvert's dream. At the same time, it has been a massive setback in more ways than the obvious. I was just learning how to work with people again, how to be

Injuries and recovery be damned, I'll be getting back to ol' habits. The wife has been pretty wonderful in getting me up and out of the house lately. I can't say I hate it, being outside. Being at home, out of the cold, with the shade of the internet between me and everything else I'm involved with. Really, destroying my knee was an introvert's dream. At the same time, it has been a massive setback in more ways than the obvious. I was just learning how to work with people again, how to be "sociable", how to just smile and nod when someone wont quit rambling on about stupid things. How most people manage, I'll never know. I do know that I like having time to write and being mostly free from the things that had distracted me before. Novel is in the works, short fiction is at the fringes. I've been reading a ton of amazing stuff and helping some other writers with editing their equally amazing stuff. Either I can have friends, or I can have the words. It seems there just isn't enough time in the day to give both the attention they deserve.

New blog on Bend&Brew: Old habits die hard.

Garden 2013

Garden 2013

New Blog on Bend&Brew - Garden 2013. 1/3 the seedlings, 3 times the outcome?

Spring is a time for new things

Spring is a time for new things

New blog at Bend&Brew: Spring is a time for new things.

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