9.27.2013

Support The Book Frog's Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign (& Just Say No to Amazon)


Breaking in here to promote my bookseller bud's, Becky's, Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign.

That's her and her husband, Pete, in the video clip.  They're owners of a wonderful bookshop called The Book Frog.  I wish to God it was in a part of town that I frequented, but unfortunately, it's wayyyyyyy out there on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, about an hour and fifteen minutes drive (assuming no traffic), from where I live.  I've been there at least once.  Truly terrific bookstore and awesome knowledgable staff of bonafide bibliophiles, run by people who know their craft and care about their community; and I'm not just saying that because Becky is a friend.  I've bought some killer Dalkey Archives from The Book Frog -- Gaddis reissues and Witz by Joshua Cohen, as well as Jeffrey Eugenides' latest when it was new, and some Patricia Cornwell over the phone, and have made a few purchases through their website, including Hermann Broch's, The Death of Virgil (because I'm not intimidated by that book) and one other harder-to-find novel that was so harder-to-find, it's name now escapes me.

Anyway, The Book Frog is an indie bookstore that, like most indie bookstores across the States and probably the Globe, could use some assistance.  And I'm glad they're asking for it.  That's what the Indiegogo link above is for (here it is again in case you missed it, Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign), so click on it, watch the interesting interview with Pete and Becky, and get involved in their campaign.

In the least, consider doing as I've already done, and add their widget on your blog (see it there to the right on this blog's side panel?) and help spread the good word-of-mouth regarding their great Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, okay?  All it'll cost you is likely thirty-seven seconds of your time.  Now if you're wealthy and, more importantly, want to see The Book Frog (as well as other indie bookshops in your neck of the woods) continue existing for your kids and grandkids to enjoy as much as you've enjoyed them since you were a kid, then put your money where your heart is and make that generous donation to their campaign!  Not to mention, helping independent booksellers like The Book Frog helps us all keep our own independence alive and well in a world with increasingly fewer options that's allowing itself to become imprisoned by, and squeezed out by, those gleeful pythons at Amazon.com, whose business practices have clearly demonstrated how much they'd enjoy snuffing out their competition completely -- and not just every independent bookseller, but every small business in the United States and across the globe.

Support The Book Frog and their Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign.  And just say no to Amazon.

9.22.2013

The Egg Lynching, Tripping Toreador; or, No Average Bureaucrat made all the Clocks Melt



I suppose it might seem strange to begin a post
that's sure to be indiscriminate
-- discombobulated,
eccentric,
purposeful but likely meaningless,
though armed with genuine genuflective ambition as its intention
for posting about Salvador Dali 
-- by beginning with....  Steve Erickson? ...

(Who?)

But the solution (so obvious! -- how was I blind to it for so long?)
to interpreting Steve Erickson's fragmented, inner-and-interconnected only obliquely,
often mystifying yet always mesmerizing novels,
his Vintage editions that nearly no one reads, I mean;
those Runes of his like Rubicon Beach I've ruminated on for years like recurring dreams
-- are explained explicitly (maybe even the mystery of Our Ecstatic Days)
in the paintings of Salvador Dali!

Enchanted Beach with Three Fluid Graces 

See?

"Um, no".

Okay.  Remember in Greek mythology, the three Graces?  Beauty, charm (what was that last one -- voluptuous décolletage?)  No.  It was joy, that's right.  So its beauty, charm and joy. And then there's the Three Fates Greek mythology, right? Take a look at the rod and string in the painting, such a slim thread of interconnection.  Hmmm.  And Rubicon Beach is divided into three parts, its few readers may remember.  Each section is practically its own self-contained novella, but for those oblique inner-connections, a string, each one focused on a certain grace, a certain fate.  See where this is leading ....