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Thank you for your kind words. I wouldn't mind guesting now and then if the need arose.
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Of course not, I won't be blogging, but I'm still gonna be a Dead Guy reader.
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It's hard to believe that it's been two years since Jeff Cohen reached out to me with an email, inviting me to become the Sunday blogger for Dead Guy. Aside from the fact that this came totally out of the... Continue reading
I'm a pretty big fan of 87 year old Jewish guys - after all, my father, both my grandfathers and all three of my uncles fit that description at one time or another over the past 40 years. So I... Continue reading
One of the books that was being heavily promoted at last spring's Indie Book Buzz for librarians was Jon Katzenbach's What Comes Next. I was intrigued by the concept of an elderly man in the early stages of dementia witnessing... Continue reading
I am the first to admit that I have a bias against choosing mystery novels as the topics of discussion for my library's book group. Because the raison d'etre of mystery novels is to offer up a crime and then... Continue reading
Back in February, I blogged about PW Select, the quarterly feature in Publishers Weekly that focuses on the world of self publishing. For those of you who either missed reading it or don't remember, self published authors can, for a... Continue reading
Meeting every week is extremely impressive - retired or not!
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It's been a while since I've thought about the consequences of authors who were not mystery writers trying their hand at crime fiction. This time, I'm giving some consideration to several authors of children's books and what would have happened... Continue reading
A small article with the headline "Parasite posing a danger to humans" caught my eye in last Sunday's paper. It seems that toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that already affects between 10 and 20 percent of all Americans, has been linked... Continue reading
I took off from work this past week and filled it with an interesting balance of things that were pleasant - lunch and a movie with my sister, casual shopping outings with my daughter and a friend - and the... Continue reading
1. Meeting too frequently - Because people who belong to book groups tend to be avid readers, they want to have time to read books of their own choosing, aside from the ones that have been selected for the group.... Continue reading
Last week, Erin posted some thoughts about book groups and asked for feedback regarding what qualities a book needs to possess to make it a good choice for a book group. It's a topic I've spent a considerable amount of... Continue reading
I too would like to add my congratulations!
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If I had not been sidetracked by my interest in book trailers, the New Jersey Library Association's recent spring conference and other matters, I would have gotten to blog about No Rest for the Dead, much closer to the time... Continue reading
I love your point about the drug store because it reminds me that things are constantly shifting and that libraries are going to have to change too. Unfortunately, many of the young people who chose librarianship as a career because they thought it would be a cool job are currently unemployed. My concern is that as the role of the public library continues to shift, there will also be a shift in the makeup of the library staff, with many of the positions no longer needing to be filled by someone with a professional degree. It is not easy to sign on for changes that could possibly work to the detriment of one's profession and I see this as a major stumbling block for those of us actively trying to anticipate the future.
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I was faced this year with the unhappy task of having to choose between attending Book Expo or the New Jersey Library Association spring conference, both of which took place this past week. After some agonized deliberation I chose the... Continue reading
So maybe my idea of starting web based business revolving around book trailers is really not such a good idea: 1. If a book is poorly written, it's a fairly safe bet that the trailer for the book is not... Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my enthusiasm for a couple of book trailers I had seen at the recent Indie Book Buzz librarian event in NYC. On the bus ride home, I pondered the possibility of running... Continue reading
The original flagship building on Route 22 was a supper club that was designed to simulate the experience of being on a cruiseship, the only difference being that you got to watch the flow of traffic rather than the flow of water. Even after it stopped being a supper club, the building was such a well known landmark that I guess the people who had it rebuilt in the shape of a ship wanted to continue to capitalize on that.
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My father grew up on his parents' dairy farm which was located just across Allwood Road from where the Tick Tock still stands. I grew up not far from there in neighboring Passaic. Is your bookstore located near there?
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I spent a huge chunk of my free time this past week sitting in my local movietheater to encore presentations of the Metropolitan Opera House's phenomenal new productions of Das Rheingold, Die Walkure and Sigfried, three of the four operas... Continue reading
The first time I saw a book trailer was more than a year ago and it was actually in a post on Dead Guy; Alison Janney was promoting a book she had edited, Untouchable, by Scott O'Connor. I remember thinking... Continue reading
This past Wednesday I trekked into New York City to attend the first annual Association of American Publishers Indie Book Buzz, an event intended to familiarize librarians with forthcoming titles from an assortment of smaller presses. About eighty of us... Continue reading
He didn't do it and how can it be that I don't know this song since I think I have just about every album he ever made? Is this an oldie or something newer? And BTW, congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary! Wishing the two of you many, many more happy years together.
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