“Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.”

—   Vladimir Nabokov

Marked passage, Marianne Moore: A Collection of Original Essays, page 65.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is this weekend!


Be sure to come out on Sunday to check out some panels and stop by the Strand booth (#901). The Brooklyn Book Festival is free, and takes place outside (and the weather forecast looks great).

Paul Auster, Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, Jenny Offil, Catherine Lacey, Waldo (yes, that Waldo), and just a few of the featured speakers and guests! Full line-up here.

And yes, R.L. Stine will be reading from a cemetery on Saturday, which is making my ten-year-old self squeal with joy. See you there?

Postcard found in a book.

I don’t know how you feel but to me, it is very important to feel like you are in good hands.

Strand Tumblr Featured on Huffington Post!

Check it out, you guys.

Because the beauty of books—particularly used books—is that they offer so much more than the stories written on the page; they provide insight into our own lives and the lives of others.

More from Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, page 263.

More from Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, page 263.

Okay, you guys. Confession. This one is from me.

Underlined passage, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, page 256.

Photo found in a book, dated March 1988.
What you can’t see: he is looking right at her.

From Maud’s rad Tumblr:


Drinking a Porkslap, which I like the taste of, but hate the name. The can says “Brewed with Ginger,” but I don’t taste it much, if at all? Anyway a solid cheap-ish but not cheap tasting beer.
Just picking Flannery O’Connor’s Collected Stories to read alongside it, whom I’ve been told numerous times to read and am sure I’ll enjoy. If we’re being completely honest, though, I bought this dollar copy (.50 cents with employee discount!) at the Strand primarily for its extensive annotations by the previous owner. Some real fuckin’ gems and good advice: “Don’t go where a convict is going.” and “Good leadership skills! I want to manipulate people like that.”
Beautiful doodles on the side too.