Tuesday, July 1 2008
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.
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
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?
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
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
"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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.