Entries from February 2016


Rare Book News

By Rich Rennicks

Happy Leap Day! We thought you might want something to read on this bonus day, so here's a roundup of the latest news from the rare books world. New Penguins Collectors of Penguin Classics -- and we'r... [more]


Why Do We Collect?

By Rich Rennicks

Recently, I became hooked on a video game for the first time since I was a teenager in the early days of home computers. While my children checked Instagram in the evenings, I would fire up Star Wars:... [more]


Umberto Eco: In Memoriam

By Rebecca Romney

Independent rare book expert Rebecca Romney remembers the great Italian linguist and writer Umberto Eco, who died last week. For a young woman who trained as a linguist; who spent more hours in her co... [more]

Much has been written in the wake of Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister's passing. But lost amidst all the accolades and remembrances of the Motorhead frontman who married the sounds of heavy metal and punk... [more]

Some 35 years ago, Charles Bukowski wrote, “Fante was my god”—and with those four words, he brought John Fante and his great books back out of near-obscurity. The quote is from the preface Bukow... [more]


Five Los Angeles Writers

By Nick Ostdick

It's a town well-known for the Silver Screen—a place where dreamers flock in search of stardom, celebrity, fame, and fortune. But beyond the glitz and glam of Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, and m... [more]


Missing from SF Bay Area

By Susan Benne

Chicago colleague Larry Van de Carr's 2008 Silver Ford XLT van (with Illinois "environmental" license plates) full of his stock was stolen in Oakland, California. The inventory is largely rare science... [more]