Continued chronicles of a purging book monger in the soiled humun nexus along 110 + 111
7/6/23: In upd8 to our previous POD post, Sleepingfish 8 is now available on dem&. We had 2 erase the area above the S + F on the cover, but otherwise didn't halve 2 do much 2 pass mustard w/ Amazon. Weave bin trying 2 do Robert Lopez's Part of the World as POD 4 a while now, maybe ½ a dozen back + 4ths, the Bozos keep saying the title font is illegible/obstructed + there ain't much else we can do B-sides redo the cover altogether, so we might use PotW az a guinea pig 2 try the Ingram route (which we did + are now just waiting 72 hours for approval). Ingram Spark (there's also another Ingram POD outfit, "Lightning Source"... not sure what the difference is, it's all very confusing) was also fairly EZ, but it seams 2 B taking a bit longer 4 approvals + it's more expen$ive: To do the 182-page Part of the World wood of bin $3.18 per copy on Amazon (on 55 lb paper) + $3.83 thru Ingram (on 50 lb paper... $5.30 if you want 70 lb paper). If/when the Lopez book gets in2 the Ingram system wheel continue 2 compare + contrast... it will also B intresting 2 C if bookstores, lieburys, etc. order it thru Ingram, since that's what most institutions use 4 ordering libros. In fact, mayB we'll put Michael Salu's Red Earth up on Ingram, Y not? Oh, in the last post we may of said that Ingram has a $50 set-up fee, they recently dropped that, so it's also free 2 set up (at least we haven't paid 4 anything yet).
We sold a few right off the bat, sum fetching upwards of $50. We also started going thru our own more literary books... sum books we had duplicates of, others their monetary amount was greater than our fondness for keeping 'em in our personal collection. Most books won't fetch U more than $1, when all's said + done (these we're putting downstairs or in the nearby free little liebury)... we set our cut-off @ $5 or $10, depending on size of book. Yesterday we sold our duplicate copy of Confederacy of Dunces 2 sum 1 in the "Metropolitan Detention Center" in Brooklyn for $5 (we recently looked in2 a weigh 2 send boox 2 prisoners 4 free, w/ no such luck... any 1 know of any such programs?). This morning we sold a copy of The Tunnel by William Gaddis for $45 (we weren't crazy about the book... barely cracked the spine, so could list it az "like new"). Our 1st edition of The Battlefield Where the Moon Say I Love You is going for $1875 used on Amazon... think we want to part w/ it? Hell no! Anyways, it's not about the money, but it's nice to know the above books are getting in2 the hands of ppl that want 'em + it helps us clear out our tub so we can actually take a bath. And we're keeping other booksellers honest... ever wonder why the prices are always random #s like 2.14? It's b/c other booksellers are all trying to undersell each other by 1 cent so ppl will buy their copy, in most cases we suspect it's autom8ed... often they'll go down to $0.01 b/c they'll make enough w/ the $3.99 shipping (which Amazon pays to the seller, after they take their cut). We'll go beyond 1 penny lower when picking the lowest price, even a few bucks below, $20 lower, just whatever seams reasonable. And then a minute later every 1 else tries to match our pri¢e. U may also notice how sum books have ridiculously high prices (4 eggsample, weave seen sum Ↄalamari books like J'Lyn Chapman's Bear Stories chapbook 4 sale used for over $1000 b/c it went out of print (it got folded into Beastlife). Seams these booksellers have supply-vs-demand algorithms that determine how much they can get away with.
We know, we know, we shouldn't B using bubble mailers, but those came in handy 4 our recent move (packing dishes, glass frames, etc.), going FWD we're buying recyclable cardboard mailers. Mixed in2 the above were a few Direct Select orders, after we sent out our 1st Ↄalamari email.
We had a piece in Oyez 50 (here it is online)... yes, the 50th issue, but they've actually been around for 59 years! Their 1st issue, in 1965, had Charles Bukowski, long b4 Hank Chinaski became a house-hold name. They republished pieces from a few back issues, tho mostly from recent years, the oldest was 1992. It got us to thinking, since we're doing our 20th anniversary Sleepingfish, that we shd do something similar, especially since ½ (6 of 14) of the issues were online? Maybe even reprint sum things from 3rd bed? Speaking of which, we haven't received many submissions yet, for the anniversary issue.
On 7/2 we did a short "remapping" Maphattan walk. 5in¢e our bedder-½ is starting their new gig next week @ Columbia, we figured we'd get up in2 the Morningside area, starting on West 110, the 1st street north of Central Park that goes all the way across w/o central park in the way. Also known as Cathedral Parkway, even tho St John's is on 112.
When you go all the way across the island, U see how much the hoods change, from the collegey Morningside (funny how there's a "Greek" restaurant on the street w/ all the fraternities) + then thru the middle/lower part of Harlem, "little Senegal," where you'll hear a lot of French being spoken + halal butchers, etc. Saw Questlove hanging out w/ his family on the edge of the park (as usual, we walked right by (we're basically face-blind), only after the fact did our bedder-½ tell us we strolled right by him), near the "gate of the exonerated," so named for the Central Park 5 boys falsely accused + convicted of beating + raping a white female jogger. And then getting further east, U get in2 Spanish Harlem, more of a LatinX vibe. Not much has changed since we traversed these streets in 2014, tho perhaps a bit more destitute.
.... + sure we've taken the above shot plenty of times b4... Monk's Diner (shd be familiar 2 NE 1 that watched TV in the '90s or that listened 2 the 1st song ever encoded as an MP3), looking down 112 @ St John's... also the block Labyrinth Books is on (even tho they changed the name to Book Culture over a decade ago, we still call it Labyrinth), perhaps the best bookstore in NYC. And around the corner is the infamous Hungarian pastry shop.
We didn't walk that far (~7 miles) b/c it was so hot. We went back down 2 Amsterdam (above), which was closed off 2 cars + they had set up sprinklers (perhaps the city's way 2 keep ppl from opening up fire hydrants on hot days) + 8 @ Calaveras corner... hear's what it sounded like on their patio, w/ music blaring, a band next door + the ice cream truck, all competing for airwaves:
As a reminder to those in the NYC area, upcoming on Sunday, July 9, 5–8 pm, Ↄalamari Arɔhive is having a return-to-NYC party @ Bar Great Harry, 280 Smith St, Brooklyn, also 2 celebr8 the launch of 1/ 4 i am ĐNA + other books + albums released during the pandemic that never had a proper launch party.
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