mentalflossr:

11 Surprising Facts About Archie Comics
In 1973, an artist for Archie Comics named Al Hartley got permission to use the characters in a series published by Spire Christian Comics. In the 49 issues that followed, Archie and friends undergo evangelical hijinks that include converting a hippie to Christianity; convincing a reporter of the importance of prayer; and demonstrating what happens when schools stop teaching the Bible in an Old West town. (It’s okay: They open a Christian bookstore.)

And just a week ago I bought an Archie Double Digest while waiting in line at a big box supermarket.  My first Archie buy in maybe 7 years…sometimes I need a break from classic lit (currently Lolita) and 1000 page fantasy novels in which George R R Martin kills everyone….

mentalflossr:

11 Surprising Facts About Archie Comics

In 1973, an artist for Archie Comics named Al Hartley got permission to use the characters in a series published by Spire Christian Comics. In the 49 issues that followed, Archie and friends undergo evangelical hijinks that include converting a hippie to Christianity; convincing a reporter of the importance of prayer; and demonstrating what happens when schools stop teaching the Bible in an Old West town. (It’s okay: They open a Christian bookstore.)

And just a week ago I bought an Archie Double Digest while waiting in line at a big box supermarket. My first Archie buy in maybe 7 years…sometimes I need a break from classic lit (currently Lolita) and 1000 page fantasy novels in which George R R Martin kills everyone….

Logan, Utah

Logan, Utah

whedonesque:

If you had to choose one Buffyverse friendship - would it be Buffy/Willow or Angel/Wes?

Spike/Joyce. It’s an under appreciated bond

Coas Books: Vintage Finds on a Sunny Day- Las Cruces, New Mexico

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http://www.coasbooks.com

A week ago a friend and colleague told me that he had found a great store here in Las Cruces.  A couple days later, he told me he went back to the store, just to make sure he didn’t miss anything.  My interest was thoroughly piqued.  Not many people I know are as obsessed with books as I am, but if someone tells me they returned to a store, I know I have to check it.  Fast forward to my first day off in Las Cruces.  I took advantage of the free time and got a massage and then headed downtown to check out Coas Books.

The store is much larger than it appears from outside.  So large, the website has a map.  I am a sucker for a bookstore that needs a map. 

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I wandered up and down the aisles for hours, thoroughly in awe of the enormous amount of non-fiction, the aisles of sci-fi, literature, and kids books, the shelves of plastic wrapped collectors editions, mysteries, art, plays, etc etc etc.  

If I’m in a small bookstore, I’ll walk up and down every aisle to make sure I don’t miss anything.  With a store like Coas, I have to rethink my shopping strategy.  I started off by looking for specifics, books on my wish list, first editions of my favorites, Vonnegut, Bret Easton Ellis, Phillip K Dick.  I was thwarted.  No Vonnegut, only a paperback of Lunar Park by Ellis—one I already own, and 0 PK Dick.  But I did find a Ray Bradbury edited “The Circus of Dr. Lao and other stories” full of short stories by Roald Dahl, Shirley Jackson, and other eccentric shorty masters.

I picked up a book by an author I kinda want to exposed myself to and a Gertrude Stein book I thought I already owned but the edition was nice…overall, though, I was thinking that in the thousands of books that surrounded me, none were really calling my name.  

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And then I found it: the vintage book section.  Tucked away behind the aisles of sci-fi were plastic wrapped gems.  The first that popped out to me, VC Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic.  Now I love the Flowers in the Attic series.  I’ve read the whole thing probably half a dozen times (all of those times before I was 18).  It’s been about 15 years since I’ve read about Cathy and Chris and their creepy yet oddly romantic incestuous relationship, but still, I recently noticed that I was missing the first of the series in my collection.  About 15 years ago I leant it to a friend, a friend I haven’t seen since.  I put the book on my mental list of “pick this up some day,” and here at Coas, I found it.  But I didn’t find just any edition of Flowers in the Attic.  I found this:

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And that was just the beginning.  While listening to an amusing conversation between a Coas clerk and customer about the Harry Potter series (the customer was saying she and her daughter were working their way through the books, watching the movie only after the book was finished.  The clerk voiced her approval of this strategy, obviously a fan of the books), I worked my way through shelf after shelf of plastic wrapped books.  The work was dusty and reading each spined title gave me a slight headache (or maybe the desert dehydration caused the headache), but it was worth it.  I found treasures right and left:

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And to think, I almost missed the entire section.  Even the girls at the check out desk were in awe of the great books I found, one saying she was going to have to go through the section on her next day off.  

Hmm…I might have to return.  Now I know what my friend was talking about.

If you find yourself in Las Cruces, definitely head over to Main Street and check out Coas Books.  Your personal library will thank you.

image Absolutely awesome. I don’t want to leave. Can I order online? Must see! Bring wallet.

When you’re here, you’re family: Auntie’s Bookstore-Spokane, Washington

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http://www.auntiesbooks.com

I spent some time last month in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and was able to take a couple day trips to Spokane, Washington to check out some bookstores. 

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Auntie’s Bookstore, located in downtown Spokane, is reminiscent of two of my favorite bookstores, Portland-based Powell’s and Denver-based Tattered Cover.  The store has an eclectic selection of new and used fiction and nonfiction, the kind of books not found at your local Barnes & Noble: autographed copies of Joyce Carol Oates and Jonathan Lethem from in-store book signings, non-fiction treasures on time travel and graphic novels that explain homeopathy and fracking, books for book-lovers and t-shirts of classic covers, as well as display tables of local authors, and an art gallery upstairs.

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I constantly have a list of books and authors I’m looking for and I update it on my phone so when I’m overwhelmed in a new store, I can focus my search.  Often, I don’t find many if any of the books I’m looking for, but if I’m lucky I find other books to occupy my mind.  At Auntie’s, I found both.  I’ve been looking for the Alice B Toklas Cookbook for over a year now and was surprised to stumble upon it in the classics department.  Since reading Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates, I’ve developed a little crush on her writing style and found shelves of her books, and though I have this little rule that I won’t buy autographed books of an author still living as I still have a chance to get the autograph on my own, I broke it for an autographed copy of We Were the Mulvaneys.  I look for Jim Thompson at every bookstore I go to, searching for the Black Lizard vintage copies of his pulp dark fiction and at Auntie’s I found a great edition of The Killer Inside Me (which I read immediately.  I liked The Alcoholics by Thompson better).  Who hasn’t read “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman Perkins?  I was thrilled to find Herland by Perkins, a novel about a utopia run by women and threatened to be ruined by an onslaught of men.  And then there were the impulse buys: The Imperfect Environmentalist by Sara Gilbert (I still love Roseanne’s Darlene—I don’t know if she was just my first girl crush or if I actually wanted to be her); the crime novel co-written by Beats William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac And the Hippos were Boiled in Their Tanks. As a longtime collector of everything Beat, I’m surprised I’ve never come across this collaboration before.

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Auntie’s is the kind of bookstore I could visit every day and continue to find something new.  I loved it.  If you are book-aholic like me and you find yourself in Spokane, Washington, do yourself a favor and visit Auntie’s Bookstore.  Just don’t blame me if you suitcase is 30 lbs heavier when you leave.

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I’m moving to Portland!!!  Do you think Powell’s will rent me out a room?  I plan on living there as it is….I’ll bring the sleeping bag.

crimexturtle:

Spending my night ruining the free world

Hahaha

#when your favorite authors turn out to be cold-blooded murderers….
Another one bites the dust…
….because 1) I finally finished it 👏 and 2) George r. R. Martin kills everyone

Another one bites the dust…
….because 1) I finally finished it 👏 and 2) George r. R. Martin kills everyone

How best to spend a snowy day in Spokane?  Auntie’s Bookstore.

How best to spend a snowy day in Spokane? Auntie’s Bookstore.