Thursday, March 19, 2009

First in a series

What we have here is a small gathering of friends. This newsletter is in beta; best to keep it small. So please excuse if later ones become more impersonal in tone. As I replace more of my meat with circuitry, it's inevitable. I'll try to keep it as brief as I am able, as this is just meant to be a crass promotional device. And, of course, a warm, safe place for all those lovely book-lovers out there. Love you!!!!!!

Two versions are going out by email: one without links first, then, after we've been unblocked by everyone, I'll send out the one with links. You can find the the new one each week on our blog (with pictures!)

All items mentioned below are first come, first serve. If you want something, let me know post-haste! All new items sell for cover price, used items as marked. Sadly, trade credit cannot be used for new items.

Our books are always searchable via ABEbooks.


Things we have that are sold as used:

A ridiculous amount of Harlan Ellison, including: Memos from Purgatory, The Glass Teat, Angry Candy, Slippage (HC, First, Review Copy), Edgeworks vol. 4 and 5 (both HC), The Essential Ellison (in both HC and PB) and Dreams with Sharp Teeth [Sold]. Harlan is the crabby old guy who recently eternally pissed off Fantagraphics and has written some of the most acerbic and intelligent science fiction ever. Various prices, but none will break the bank.

A bunch of early 80s Dungeons and Dragons modules and old players' manuals. Ben saw them and did a little wee wee. No, we don't have the one with Cthulu creatures. Various prices, but ditto on the bank-breaking.

Marshall McLuhan:
The Gutenberg Galaxy, The Medium is the Massage, and Essential McLuhan [Sold]. Never more prophetic; never more relevant. All pretty cheap, too.

Dealer's Choice:
How to Cheat Your Friends at Cards by Penn Jillette ($6) [Sold] and Poker: A Guaranteed Income for Life by Frank R. Wallace ($40). Screw that 9 to 5 noise! Fame and fortune await!

Several issues each of Hop Up (hot rods) and Dice (custom motorcycles) magazines. True geekness over topics I have no knowledge of, but gosh, they're pretty. They call these people grease monkeys? I don't see any grease...

Hop Up @ $12 each
Dice @ $7 each


Things we have that are sold as new:

Taking a moment to promote my own project: To Die No More

We have copies. Only 1000 were made. 70-odd were damaged in shipping. So, actually, even more limited. If you are part of our extremely narrow target demographic, this book will work its way under your skin, eventually becoming the only object you'd want to rescue from a house fire. Not hyperbole!

Keep up with our strangeness:

Blind Pony Books


We also have offerings from Ouroboros Press - fine, fine occult and hermetic texts in beautiful hardcover editions. Check it out, and let us know if you need something.


And another thing... You're a fool if you don't already own a copy of Victrola Favorites. No, really. But we can help. This thing was put together by the bearded guy who works at Wall of Sound and some other guy. It won, like a Grammy, or something - and the bearded guy got to kiss Herbie Hancock onstage, I think. I might not have that exactly right, but Victrola Favorites is phenomenal, and there is a hole in your life that is exactly VF-shaped. Fill it!


Gary Panter:
Picturebox published a monumental tome dedicated to this freak of nature. Two volumes housed in a beautiful slipcase. A luxury item, yes? Please. We've got a copy of the limited edition (only 40 copies!) which comes with a signed and numbered lithograph pulled by the man himself! How's that for a $250 plate of truffles?


This week:

Will Oldham released a sub-par album.
But, hey, he's given us the next ten years of "hip" NPR links, so that's something.

What have I been saying?

Everything's turning into a pile of shit. Except this.


# of weeks since Spine and Crown inception: 176

# of weeks since inception that no mention of Spine and Crown has appeared in the print edition of The Stranger: 176


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drove by your store, and then I walked up to it. It's a good thing that I thought twice about entering. Now I've read your blog and can only imagine how disgustingly pretentious you must be, after reading this STUPID blog. You've got good taste. Along with millions of others. I'd rather go to a Barnes and Noble where the sales people don't have a "hip stick" so far up their ass that the tip comes out of their mouth so that they can write this piece of shit. Get a life before you grow old and it's too late. Go ahead and laugh this off, the fact is IT'S TRUE. Christ, I can just picture who are. I'll do one better and look through your window so that I don't have to guess. Slow down hipsters. Cormac McCarthy

9:30 PM  
Blogger K. said...

Some people just can't take a joke! At least you're tolerant!

4:20 PM  

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