Category Archives: Odd Books

Secondhand Scribbles

The weather in New York today was finally decent enough for going out for a walk over lunch. And once again, sidewalk booksellers beckoned, with many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. One book I picked up — … Continue reading

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Why the Internet Suddenly Became Interested in My Ramblings on Paraguay

This past Sunday night, I posted The Consensus Bureau’s top 101 tweets of 2012. On Monday, I checked the traffic, to see how many people had looked at the post. The traffic had spiked to 222 views! A bit more … Continue reading

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MJ in Munich

Happy new year! What better way to ring in 2013 than by sharing, in its entirety, a bizarrely earnest pamphlet praising Michael Jackson which I found in Munich last fall? This pamphlet came from a jury-rigged shrine to the King … Continue reading

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You’ve come a long way — in drag

My paternal grandmother was a heavy smoker all her life. One of the brands she smoked was Virginia Slims, whose slogan then was “You’ve come a long way, baby.” I remember this well, because when I was a little kid, … Continue reading

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Safari Cards

I was recently reunited with my childhood collection of Safari Cards. I’d never known they even had a name, and have no memory of how I ever got them. According to this enthusiast’s website, they were available by “mail subscription” … Continue reading

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Advanced Philatelic Research

Around this time last year, I was walking by the Strand over lunch and I saw an intriguing top-half to a book poking up from one of their outdoor book carts. It looked like this: “Stamps tell the story of … Continue reading

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“But what do they WANT?”

A book I found for sale this weekend on a New York sidewalk cart:   A wonderfully evocative title. “Like sands through the hourglass, so are… the birds in our lives.” The spine of the dust jacket claimed the author … Continue reading

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Paraguay, Uruguay — enh, what’s the difference?

The Consensus Bureau’s librarian noticed an amusing gaffe on the part of a book designer (or publisher, if you’re a believer in the buck stopping at the highest level). The book in question is At the Tomb of the Inflatable … Continue reading

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