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I have made one bad real estate decision after another my entire life. Knowing this, I made a lot of effort to consult people who I believe to be intelligent in real estate. It made no difference. I made the worst decision of my life. Even if you’re moving to an apartment that turns out being OK, like last time, which was only four years ago, if you have 10,000 books, it’s a difficult undertaking. The more that you mention this to people, even if people know about it, the more you are criticized for having 10,000 books. I finally said to somebody the other day, “You know what? They are books. It’s not like I am running an opium den for children. There’s nothing wrong with that — you may not want to have that, you may think that’s crazy, but you cannot have a moral objection to this.” Even real estate agents would say to me, “If you got rid of the books, you wouldn’t need such a big apartment.” And I would say, “Yes that’s true, but what if I had four children? Would you say, ‘Why don’t you put them in storage, because you can’t really afford an apartment for them?’” Basically my whole life, I’ve paid for these books. Buying them is nothing, but housing them is hard because they need a giant apartment. People say, “Why do you need such a big apartment — do you throw a lot of parties?” No. It’s for the books. I believe books to be the perfect companion. They’re very good-looking, they’re there when you need them, but it’s not just the books. It’s where they live, which is in bookcases with glass doors. I only put them in cases with glass doors because dust is very bad for books.

Fran Lebowitz in Paper Magazine lays down the righteous love (via moresongsaboutbuildings)

— very important

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'eaven

'eaven

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y or n

y or n

A really neat example of offset transference in old books, if you ever wondered why that flimsy piece of tissue paper separating the engravings from the page is so important, especially in the event of humidity or acid in the paper stock.

This book The National Moore: Centenary Edition by J.M. Wallis, c1879.

p.s. this book got rebound in half-leather and cloth, after which point somebody played noughts and crosses on the cover.

My mum unearthed this note that they wrote when they closed their antiques shop in Mosman many years ago. It’s pretty well on point for anyone who has ever worked in the business of second-hand things. Also, it is very funny.

My mum unearthed this note that they wrote when they closed their antiques shop in Mosman many years ago. It’s pretty well on point for anyone who has ever worked in the business of second-hand things. Also, it is very funny.

Oliver Smith, Jane Bowles, and Paul Bowles by Irving Penn, 1947.

Oliver Smith, Jane Bowles, and Paul Bowles by Irving Penn, 1947.

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danielclowes:

Assorted bookplates, via:

http://www.bedetheque.com/parabd-auteur-196-BD-Clowes-Daniel.html

Ugly Girls in colour!

Someone said today that the last time he saw them he almost puked from his windpipe vibrating. Personally, hope this happens to me.

Someone said today that the last time he saw them he almost puked from his windpipe vibrating. Personally, hope this happens to me.

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All my loyalties.

All my loyalties.

ferociousbears:

The best!

perf.

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Le Danse Macabre / la Danze de la Muerte / Totentanz
from ‘Hiedelberger Totentanz’, 1488

One of the earliest incidences of Danse Macabre printed and bound in a book.

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This is a forward projection of my dead bloated body in 30 years.

This is a forward projection of my dead bloated body in 30 years.

In Hobart for 7 weeks. This is where I’m staying.


Living room - fireplace - everyone has rose bushes so I stole some - leaves turning in the side passage - Rosa the 13 year old pug - the Aurora