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Tuesday, July 1 2008

Book Arbitrage

Joan Didion once wrote, "the hippies scorn money -- they call it bread." Rob Horning explains how best to reap the benefits of the secondhand bookstore's cash-or-credit system.


The Delicate Ecology of the Used Bookstore

You know, it's not easy rummaging through your trash. Ian Mathers takes a look at the secondhand bookseller's world from the inside.


Tuesday, June 24 2008

The Book Barn

Kirby Fields revisits Joplin, Missouri's Book Barn, and poses the question: What does it mean to be the cultural center of a community that has no culture?


The Dust Test

Let's face it: the way that someone interacts with a used bookstore suggests some things about how he will interact in other, slightly more intimate venues... Erika Nanes judges her potential dates by the way they handle their secondhand books.


Thursday, June 19 2008

The Solitary Vice: Has Reading Really Made You a Better Person?

In this third excerpt of PopMatters' first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, by Mikita Brottman, Brottman tells us about the dark, pathological side of reading.


Tuesday, June 17 2008

Rates of Exchange: The Law of Conservation of Literature

"What is a hardcore book buyer of simple means to do when faced with the discovery that books have effectively consumed all available space?" David Pullar explores the book culler's dilemma that is Cash vs. Store credit.


Bibliotherapy

Secondhand bookstores are about more than literary treasures. As Diane Leach explains, they contain personal histories that connect readers through the ages.


Monday, June 9 2008

Spinoza’s Ethic

Mathers explores how the Ethic was a life saver not in the sense of sustaining him through dark periods, but by changing his sense of what life is.


Wednesday, June 4 2008

Wizards & Words: An Interview with Patrick Rothfuss

Author Patrick Rothfuss talks to PopMatters about the pivotal role of language in magic, the structure of storytelling, and the role of fantasy in contemporary fiction.


Tuesday, June 3 2008

Pat Green’s Dance Halls and Dreamers

Preserving the history, the music, and the good times (Texas' "holy trinity"), this is a big, beautiful love letter to the places and the people that make Texas music history


Tuesday, May 13 2008

The Solitary Vice: You Can Always Watch the Movie, Instead

In this second excerpt of PopMatters' first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, Mikita Brottman suggests an easy out when you don’t want to read the book.


Wednesday, April 23 2008

Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

Like any sound biographer, Blake is the fly on the wall — but one careful not to breathe the smoke in the air. What could have been Pink Floyd hagiography has the weight and distance of clear-headed scholarship, charitable but candid.


Painfully Masculine: An Interview with Benjamin Percy

With the rise of the metrosexual and the fall of the patriarchal society, some men, lost in a gray zone, compensate by joining Gold’s Gym, screaming at Packers games, and driving big-ass Hummers


Tuesday, April 22 2008

The Ten-Cent Plague: Revisiting the 20th-Century Comic Book Scare

In this illuminating work, critic David Hajdu revisits the boycotts, bans, and congressional hearings that disenfranchised hundreds of artists and ended the golden days of the comic book industry.


Tuesday, April 15 2008

Who Says Libraries Are Just About Books?

Quiet, Please author Scott Douglas speaks out about the future of libraries, being played by Oprah in the movie version, and his recent library-themed wedding.


Sunday, April 6 2008

The Solitary Vice: Remove the ‘Guilt’ from ‘Guilty Pleasures’

PopMatters unveils its first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, by Mikita Brottman, in this first excerpt and author interview. Brottman wonders, Just what's so great about reading, anyway?


Thursday, April 3 2008

Beyond Love: The Wisdom of Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez knew that love, like cholera, strikes unexpectedly, renders the body powerless, and is blind to class or race.


Thursday, March 20 2008

In Print and In Conversation: Rocco Versaci

Surprising though it may be to PopMatters readers, there are those who still feel that a taste for comic books is a sign of arrested development, or wasted youth.


Sunday, March 16 2008

20 Questions: Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson's philosophy, as revealed in her response to PopMatters 20 Questions, seems to be: let Art engage and challenge you, and engage yourself artfully, in turn.


Thursday, March 6 2008

Service, with a Smile

If Service Included seems at first the wide-eyed induction of a culinary virgin to fine food, it quickly evolves into a circus of pleasures and absurdities experienced on the dining room floor.


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