Jane O’-Lantern

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JANE-O’-LANTERN

Trying to fight the grey day and the grey skies on Monday morning, I drop the humid laundry bags off and race from laundry door to car, hoping to dodge a panhandler or two.

“What do you writhe?” a feminine voice asks loudly behind me in the mottled parking lot.

Dang! I think. Someone’s about to hustle me.

I look over my shoulder as I hurry to make it into the car.

There’s a frizzy-grey-haired street woman of indeterminate age toothy-grinning at me. She repeats whatever it is she said.

“What do you writhe?”

“I can’t understand you,” I say, hoping she’ll go away.

I notice that her toothy grin is actually an every-other-tooth grin, since she’s missing sections of the usual white row. She grins widely again, like a happy, soulful jack-o’-lantern.

“What do you write?”

Now she points to the back of my car, where my self-printed bumper sticker proclaims    O What Fun It Is To Write.

Dang again! I think to myself. I’ve once again made a fool of myself. She wants to know what it is that I write.

I grin back, showing more teeth than her.

“Oh, I write books and stories,” I say.

“Like what?” she grins engagingly. She’s really interested!

“Well,” I stumble. “One of my books is Dad’s Tweed Coat: Small Wisdoms Hidden Comforts Unexpected Joys.”

It’s the most popular of my publications, and now I wish I had a copy with me, to give her.

She grins and glows again, appreciately, and turns to walk away. She’s satisfied with the answer.

Some days I writhe, some days I write. Seems all the same to me.

I drive on to work, thinking about her wonderful smile and wondering why all those grey people walking the grey sidewalks this morning left their smiles at home in sad sock drawers

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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Tap Dancing on Shag Carpeting

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Tap Dancing on Shag Carpeting

“You have heard the sound of two hands clapping, but have you heard the sound of three hands clapping?”

Thoughts like this slither into my mind during the short periods between customers at the bookstore.

“She was aged to imperfection.”

You know, inexplicable thoughts like this—the kinds of thoughts that seem important at the time but ultimately are tossed into the napkin-note sticky-note file for later contemplation.

“You can only observe one-tenth of an iceberg lettuce salad.”

Where did that one come from?

The front door chimes and I am lifted from my navel contemplation. I arise from behind the counter and smile to the customer, “Good morning! How can I help you today?”

A woman of indeterminate age frowns, holds up a shiny book by two fingers, as if it is contaminated and ready for recycling. “I want to return this book for a refund,” she announces.

My policy is ironclad. I always refund, no questions asked. Or at least no questions required. But just for future reference, I say, “OK. Is there anything wrong with the book?”

She sneers, looks into the air—not at me—and says, “I just don’t like the way it ended. I want my money back.”

I am at a loss for words. I look for words, but they seem to have fallen out of my head and rolled under something, out of sight.

“Er, sorry,” I sputter. I determine that this particular customer has made up her immutable mind and is well beyond literary conversation or conversion. I also determine that she will probably never return. I think, too, that she has read very few books in her life and has no idea how a real bookstore operates. I am happy to refund her money in hopes that she will soon disappear and be replaced by appreciative browsers.

She stuffs the refund in her copious purse and grumbles to herself all the way to the door, her experiment with reading over and done with.

I re-shelve the book, return to my storely duties and my lone thoughts.

“She is as pure as the driven sludge.”

Where did that thought come from?

I wonder whether there are other would-be customers like her. Maybe, to paraphrase my Brother, Tim, she is part of a That Customer franchise, people who haunt old bookstores with unlikely demands, then dematerialize.

“I’m looking for a book by GO-eeth,” one customer says. It takes a while to decipher Goethe from his request. I gladly provide him with Goethe.

“I’m looking for poem,” a gruff character states. When I lead him to the poetry section, he stares blankly, arms limp, as if I’ve invited him to tap dance on shag carpeting.

“No, I’m looking for POEM,” he repeats. It takes some time to figure out that he is searching for pornography, or PORN, as it is called these days. Dang, we are fresh out or porn, I say to myself.

I gently let him down and he leaves—again, someone who will never return.

Some folks seem to be searching for Manifest Density. If there is no such thing, there ought to be.

Me, I’m just drifting with my thoughts on a normal day at the least normal bookstore you’ll ever visit, the most enjoyable bookstore you will ever visit, a bookstore stripped bare of unsavory endings and GO-eeth and porn

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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Glowing Dreams of a Tom Mix Radioman

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Glowing Dreams of a Tom Mix Radioman 

 Squeak. Rustle. Clunk!

It’s the sound of our mail box being opened, stuffed, then securely closed.

Today, I am first to run to the front door and retrieve the daily mail, just in case my special order has arrived.

This is 65 years ago, when we still know the name of the letter carrier, his family, his route and his schedule. He is right on time.

I run to the living room sofa and spread the trove. The newest issue of Life Magazine. A utility bill. A letter from Aunt Annabelle. And a small package addressed to Master Jim Reed!

This is it. Without waiting for permission, I carefully dissect the wrapper, emulating my mother’s care in saving for re-use any and all paper and cardboard materials. I pull out a personal greeting from Tom Mix, the cowboy star I listen to each week on the radio. I won’t know for decades that Tom Mix actually dies a year before I am born…but his franchise lives on.

Lo and behold, here is what I’ve been waiting for. A Tom Mix white plastic belt with red cowboy figures printed thereon. And it is just my size. Well, it is just the size of any small boy who owns it.

I am excited beyond all measure. Not just because I now own the belt. I am excited because this Tom Mix belt is supposed to glow in the dark! Following instructions, I expose the belt to sunlight, then rush to the nearest closet—the only daytime dark place in the house.

I pull the door tight, imprisoning myself among mothballs and suitcases and shoes and clothing. I dare to open my eyes. And there, lighting up the darkness, is my genuine Tom Mix glow-in-the-dark white plastic belt. It seems magical. I am not at all sure that I have ever seen anything that glows in the dark without an electrical plug or a battery or a hand crank.

I look around to see just how much illumination this  belt is capable of. Sure enough, I can see ghostly images of my hands, my shirt, my pants, my bare knees, and all the mysterious closeted objects I can never see in the dark.

Later, after showing off my latest mail-order acquisition to playmates and siblings and mother, after wearing the belt secured by cloth loops about the waist of my Jungle Jim khaki shorts, I have completed the chores and commitments of the day and am once again alone—my favorite place to be. Supper dispensed with, bath behind me, fresh pajamas donned, I climb up to lie abed on the top bunk of the bedroom and spend a little daydream time before slumbering.

Brother Ronny is already snoring in the bottom bunk. Flashlight and comic books are nearby. The sounds of the nightly neighborhood critters filter in through the metal window screens. Nearby houses are already dark. One bright planet, Venus, peers in through the west-facing window.

And there, within my grasp, is the Tom Mix belt. I wonder what Tom Mix would do with a glowing belt out on the cowboy prairie of the Wild West. Since cowboys don’t have flashlights back then, he probably uses the belt to locate firewood on a dark and stormy night. His horse, Tony, is settled in. He holds the belt aloft to find wooden matches. He lights kindling, feeds the flames with more wood, and beds down for the night, using his saddle for a pillow, hoping it doesn’t rain.

The Tom Mix glow-in-the-dark white plastic belt has served its purpose for the night.

Here I am, also bedded down, hugging my new belt, gazing at bedclothes faintly illuminated.

I close my eyes, drift into cowhand dreams, knowing that this has been a really great day, knowing that there may not be that many really great days to come. Hoping that there will be more wonderful days than I can possibly imagine

 

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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The Day and a Half Late Newspaper This-Just-In Guy Gets Through the Morning

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The Day and a Half Late Newspaper This-Just-In Guy Gets Through the Morning

I am behind the Times and learning to love it.

I’ll explain.

Reading the latest newspaper is my lifelong idea of what a learned and informed person does each day. Just sitting quietly alone at home or in a diner, scanning the pulpy textured pages, wiping ink stains onto my sleeve, searching for signs of hope or discovery, looking for a laugh or a tear to rev me up for the day…that’s a routine I would not want to abandon.

Way back, when Birmingham’s daily paper self-destructed and became a jumble of unvetted unedited unproofed words shaken and thrown onto shrunken pages that appear only periodically, my days were disorienting and somewhat content-less. So, I turned to the only still-daily publication I could mostly trust—the New York Times. It arrives each day at my home, usually locate-able in the shrubbery and often dry and crisp, ready to be opened.

To my amazement, often the Times carries more relevant news about Alabama than the News does. Unlike the News, no anonymous snarky comments are allowed or respected, and the Times’ internal editors are its greatest critics and proofreaders. It’s fun to see a paper actively trying to be better each day. It is comforting to know there are actually well-trained and experienced reporters and op-ed writers working away.

But, as with any wonderful change of habit, there are adjustments to be made.

The Times has to wend its way from New York to Birmingham, so through whatever elaborate process that entails, I get the news at least a day late. If this is Tuesday, that means I am reading Sunday evening’s and yesterday morning’s news. I am used to that, but wait!

Unlike the tradition of early delivery  in the wee hours of the morning, the Times carrier arrives as late as 9 a.m., which means I am already on the road to work…so I have to retrieve yesterday’s paper to read during the day, leaving this morning’s paper to be examined tomorrow.

Are you following me?

Basically, I am reading day-and-a-half-late-or-later news, way after it occurs. This leaves me out of step with everybody else. And actually, it is kind of nice.

Getting the news late means that I am basically a historian reviewing the world with some distance and perspective. The Times becomes a kind of daily weekly magazine.

After listening to folks wringing their hands about events over which they have no control, I get to quietly review what really happened through a lens that includes everything I’ve heard that has happened since. How can I explain this?

Since I know all the subsequent happenings  I can read the first reportage with a little more sagacity and perspective. It’s a kind of time-travel. The Times is a Times Capsule, freezing things in place long after they  happen, prepared to be examined by the likes of me. If I time-travel back two days and read the news, I can surprise those around me by predicting what will happen day after tomorrow. Uh, just take my word for it.

Anyhow, thank goodness for the Times. Its delivery to my home helps me maintain a tradition of calmly reviewing the day, after I’ve heard nothing but randomly excitable people repeating what they just read on Twitter or Facebook, what they have just been instructed to think by Fox and Rush.

I need a calming anchor in my day, and this is it

 

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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SOLD CURRENT

A SAMPLING OF THE WONDERFUL OLD THINGS WE SOLD LAST WEEK

July 13 to July 25, 2015

Street. MYSTERIOUS JAPAN

Joe Namath. 1 title

ANGLO-SAXON WORLD

Knowles.  A SEPARATE PEACE

Adams. SO LOMNG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH, LIFE THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING, and  RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE

2 CHINESE CHIILDREN’S BOOKS

Fitzgerald. GREAT GATSBY

Welty. OPTIMIST’S DAUGHTER

Hemingway. OLD MAN AND THE SEA

15 CHERRY AMES BOOKS

1 PEZ

HOBBIT CASSETT

Melville. MOBY DICK

MAUPASSANT’S SHORT STORIES

9 OLD PRINTS

ESSAYS OF ELIA

3 OLD PRINTS

PHILOSOPHY OF SPINOZA

Maguire. WITCHES CASSETTE

Hiassen. . STORMY WEATHER

Riordan. BATTLE FOR THE LABYRINTH

3 HARRY POTTER BOOKS

Wallron. PENNSYLVANIA PRIMER

CLARA BARTON

FLORENCE NIGHTENGALE

FIRST HEALTH BOOK

1 OLD LETTER

Lee. GO SET A WATCHMAN

1 MAGNET

1960: April Issue of sepia Magazine with Cover Photo of John Howard Griffin Plus Pieces on  Jesse Owens & Otis Calloway & Negro Whirly-bird Pilot &  Helicopter & Beatniks & West Point and “black Like me”

Various kids’ books

2 bartending titles

1 Charleston cookbook

2 novels

FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS

1 novel

Poe. leatherbound collection

1 old Texas phone book

QUO VADIS

BEN-HUR

Ansel Adams. 1 title

Willie Morris. 1 title

GONE WITH THE WIND

Hilton. GOODBYE MR. CHIPS

Piper. LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

Card. LOST BOYS

DISNEY’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF WISDOM

SOLAR POWERED MONKEY ON A SWING

Gilbert. EAR, PRAY, LOVE

mysteries by Naigo. MARSH

FOLKTALE AND FABLE

PRIMARY COLORS

3 Agatha Christie’s

AMERICAN CAMELIA SICIETY

HERITAGE ROSES

1 OLD CAMERA

“OLDEE BOOKS” SIGN

VIRUSES

Tarkington..PENROD AND SAM

2 JAPANESE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Longfellow. EVANGELINE

Wouk. CAINE MUTINY

Cookson. THE LORD AND MARY

Stephen King. 1 title

1 audio book

2 Birmingham postcards

Century Magazine for August 1890

Higgins.. COLD HARBOR

MacDonald. DARKER THAN AMNRT

Sanderson. TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES

1 LP

1 BIRMINGHAM POSTCARD

Churchill. SIX DAY WAR

Churchill. NEVER GIVE IN

Tregaskis. GUADALCANAL DIARY

Coolidge. WINSTON CHURCHILL AND THE STORY OF TWO WORLD WARS

Taylor. WINSTON CHURCHILL AN INFORMAL STUDY OF GREATNESS

Gilbert. CHURCHILL A LIFE

ARABIAN NIGHTS

DEAD SEA SCROLLS-SOUVENIR

1 COMIC BOOK

snelling. JAMES BOND REPORT

Fleming. GILT EDGED BONDS

COMPLETE JAMES BOND MOVIE ENCYCLOPEDIA

Quennell. COLSSEUM

3 ASE TITILES

Lindman. SNIP, SNAP AND SNURR AND THE BUTTERED BREAD

PUBLICITY PHOTO  OF SHAUN GROVES

6 OLD MATH BOOKS

2 12 STEP BOOKS

Van Ess. VENUS TESTAMENTUM….

Taylor. SHADOW DANCER

X FILES

Auden. COLLECTED POEMS

GOLDEN FIELD GUIDE TO FOSSILS

INVITATION TO INDIAN COOKING

KEY TO CHINESE COOKING

Gilchrist. ANNUNCIATION

 Bjorn. MIRROR

Briggs. FAIR GAME

Tepper. TRUE GAME & SHADOW’S END

Card. ENCHANTMENT

Shin. 1 Fantasy novel

QUOTABLE QUOTES FOR BOOKLOVERS

Fowler. MARINER’S COMPASS

Plath. BELL JAR

Lee. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Fitzgerald. THIS SIDE OF PARADISE

Mother Angelica. STORY OF HER LIFE

Roth. OUR GANG  and MY LIFE AS A MAN

PORTABLE MEDIEVAL READER

Faulkner.. REIVERS

Camus. STRANGER

DOSTOEVSKY  Biography

Parks. BEDFORD FORREST

Schwartz. NEW TIMES IN THE OLD SOUTH

Wyeth. THAT DEVIL FORREST

STATUES OF JEFFERSON DAVIS

TIME LIFE COLLECTORS’ LIBRARY OF THE CIVIL WAR (17 VOLUMES)

THE HARVARD CONCORDANCE TO SHAKESPEARE

THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO

1 Naval history

Scott. IVANHOE

Heller. CATCH 22

Hemingway. 1 title

Capote. IN COLD BLOOD

Lee. GO SET A WATCHMAN

Birmingham Arts Journal. 1 copy (donation)

Vonnegut. 2 titles

Robert Adams. 1 Horseclans book

BIBLE READINGS FOR THE HOME

Kerouac. ON THE ROAD

Bradbury. DANDELION WINE

2 action thrillers

PRAYERS FOR ALL SEASONS

1 book of quotations

Lee. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

ROLLER COASTERS OF AMERICA

GREAT SPEECHES

Burton. VULNERABLE CHILDREN

Cumberly. INTRODUCTION TO  STUDY AND TEACHING

1961: January 7 & 14 issues of Saturday Evening Post with Cover Art By James Williamson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ray Bradbury

JAMES K. POLK JACKSONIAN 1795-1843 (VOLUME ONE)

1936: October 31 Issue of Literary Digest Magazine with Article on Witchcraft Plus portrait of Mrs. Wallis Simpson “Will She Say No to King Edward VIII?” Plus Goering & Spiritualist Convention & Football NY Giants Vs Brooklyn Dodgers

1 magic spells book

John Buchan. POWER HOUSE

2 Archie comics

Stephen King. 2 titles

PICTORIAL BIBLE COMMENTATOR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

1 very old book on cancer

1 old eyeglass chain

1 religion title

1 1920′s book on dancing

Erich Fromm. 1 title

1 philosophy book

One very old religious title

Tony Hillerman. 1 title

Jane Austen. 2 titles

ANNA KARENINA

Leatherbound GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES

1 ALICE IN WONDERLAND suitcase

WIND IN THE WILLOWS

1 Christmas book

Fleming. CASINO ROYALE

150 45rpm recordings

WINNIE THE POOH

Tolkien. Several titles

1 philosophy book

Anne George. 1 signed novel

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE EARLY SETTLERS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND THEIR FAMILIES

A DRINKING LIFE

1876: February 26 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover illustration of Whiskey Fraud Trial in Missouri

Clifffs MOBY DICK

5 Birmingham postcards

1 philosophy book

2 old comic books

1 fish knife

MAD COMICS collection

BETTY & VERONICA

1989: July  Esquire Magazine  Cover Photo of Jay McInerney

THE CARNELIAN CUBE: A Humorous Fantasy

1965: THE BLUE DEVIL Yearbook of KEMPSVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL in VIRGINIA BEACH VIRGINIA

DEATH TRAPS The Survival of an American Armored division in World War II

Morgan. ONE MAN ONE VOICE

Hughes. THE WAYS OF WHITE FOLKS

1953: April Issue of Manhunt Magazine with Henry Kane & Mickey Spillane & Evan Hunter

Philip K. Dick. 1 title

Asimov. 1 title

LP recordings of Bing Crosby & Herb Alpert & the Oak Ridge Boys

LITTLE BLACK SAMBO

4 LP recordings

1 Langston Hughes book

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THE ALABAMA CONSTITUTION

Several philosophy titles

1 old comic book

2 S&H Green Stamps books

1 POPEYE book

1 dvd film

6 old photos

Barrie. PETER PAN

Dick. SCANNER DARKLY and  DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?

6 Bookmarks

3 old roadmaps

3 old photos

Wood-bound Autograph Book

Ad for Barq’s Rootbeer

1 travel diary

1 football poster

1 political poster

MIRANDA PANDA

1 book on Greek language

Garrison Keillor. 1 title

1 novel

ROOSEVELT the Lion and the Fox & the Soldier of Freedom  (COMPLETE 2-VOLUME leatherbound SET)

H.G. Wells. THE INVISIBLE MAN

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1 MOMMAS & THE POPPAS LP

7 Birmingham postcards

5 popular works of fiction

1 multi-CD movie score collection

1 audio unabridged Harry Potter CD set

Spencer. HOW TO IMPROVE YOURSELF INTELLECTUALLY

G.A. Henty. 2 adventure novels

Patrick O’Brian. 1 novel

THE YEAR OF MY LIFE A Translation of Issa’s ORAGA HARU

Pettway. GEE’S BEND EXPERIENCE

1989: January 16 Magazine Cover Photo of Corey Haim & River Phoenix

1 monster fan magaxzine

Forrester. 1 Hornblower title

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4-28-14 to 5-3-15

1 enormous stack of philosophy

Omar Khayyam. 2 volumes

1 bartending book

Several movie lobby cards

Some philosophy classics and feminist lit

Orwell. 1984

ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE THREE INVESTIGATORS IN THE SECRET OF TERROR CASTLE

1 bumper sticker

STARS FELL ON ALABAMA

A bunch of religious stuff

1 book on writing

Bradbury. DANDELION WINE & A MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY

Hemingway. TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

Brautigan. THE ABORTION & WILLARD AND HIS BOWLING TROPHIES

& SOMBRERO FALLOUT

Ernest Hemingway. 1 title

2 mystery novels

SUMMER OF ’42

1 signed novel

RED ARMY ENSEMBLE LP recording

2 novels

Rumi. POEMS

THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM

LUTHERAN STUDY BIBLE

3 Zen Master books

2 old snapshots

A. E. Housman. POEMS

Ken Kesey. 1 title

1 old hand mirror

Morris. MY CAT SPIT MCGEE

1 STAR WARS youth book

2 old prints

ARE YOU MY MOTHER?

1 1963 Life Magazine with JFK cover photo

1962: CONSULTING ENGINEERS WHO’S WHO AND YEAR BOOK

EUCHARISTIC WHISPERINGS Volume III  7th Edition

IN THE PRESENCE OF THE CREATOR Isaac Newton and His Times

1 stack of old letters

LeCarre. SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

1 LP

Howard Garis. 1 BUDDY book

Wharton. AGE OF INNOCENCE

ROBERT E. LEE 3-volume set

2 WWII books

Marshall Tucker LP recording

1 1929 BOY SCOUT HANDBOOK

1 book about mushrooms

2 tree books

1971: august 27 life magazine  connally  nixon  Cover

Volume XIII Issue of New Girl Revue Magazine

2 old letters

2 Auburn magazines

THE STORY OF ALABAMA A HISTORY OF THE STATE Complete 5 Volume Set

HISTORY OF ALABAMA AND DICTIONARY OF ALABAMA BIOGRAPHY 4-volume set

Hemingway.  SNOWS OF KILAMANJARO

Conrad. HEART OF DARKNESS

Lee. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Feree. CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING OF GOD

Eliade. SACRED AND PROFANE

6 vintage sci-fi titles

Arthur C. Clark. 1 title

Cross. THE ANGRY PLANET

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

2 old automotive manuals

30 DAYS TO A MORE POWERFUL VOCABULARY

Zukowski. VOICE IN THE STORM

Carl Sandburg. 1 title

Truman Capote. 2 titles

Nabokov. 1 title

1 old poster

2 hand mirrors

3 old publicity photos

1 kids’ book

Kornbluth. THE SYNDIC

2 sci-fi classics

HILL PEOPLE OF TENNESSEE

2 French books

VOICE IN THE STORM The Button Gwinnett Columns Written During the Civil Rights Struggles and Other Writings

30 old postcards

Autographed 18X18 Inch Foam board Poster with Photo of Author  Advertising an Appearance at Books and Company in Birmingham Alabama (date unknown)  promoting Book WILD BLUE YONDER

William Price Fox. SOUTHERN FRIED

THE WORKING MAN’S MODEL FAMILY BOTANIC GUIDE: OR EVERY MAN HIS OWN DOCTOR: BEING AN EXPOSITION OF THE BOTANIC SYSTEM etc  illustrated

Several Shakespeare plays

2 novels

Bradbury. DEATH IS A LONELY BUSINESS

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ALABAMA’S CANYONS The Bankhead National Forest

Caldwell. TOBACCO ROAD

Thomas Cook 1 thriller

2 bird prints

Bradbury

2 mysteries

2 LP recordings

BEOWULF

Flannery O’Connor. 2 titles

Cormac McCarthy. 1 title

Thomas Paine. 2 titles

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

I CHING

1 Horrible Harry title

Coupla philosophy titles

H.P. Lovecraft. 3 titles

MOBY DICK

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

Several sci-fi & fantasy titles

1 Civil War title

1 foreign language title

Neil De Grasse Tyson. 1 title

2 book covers

1 3-CD Beethoven set

Robbins. ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION

1 old medical text

TEN LAWS OF HEALTH OR HOW DISEASE IS PRODUCED AND CAN BE PREVENTED

THE DEVIL DRIVES

Collins.  QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS

FAHRENHEIT 451

Holt. SECRET WOMAN

8 original Randolph Scott publicity photos

Bradbury. DANDELION WINE signed

1 nude Bettie Page photo

George V. Higgins. 3 titles

Arthur Upham. 8 titles

CLOUD OF UNKNOWING

 Nouwen. WITH OPEN HEART

Buechner. WISHFUL THINKING

Zahl. FIVE WOMEN OF THE ENGLISH REFORMATION

JERUSALEM BIBLE

Franklin. POOR RICHARD’S ALMANAC

BIRMINGHAM ARTS JOURNAL

3 LP ALBUMS

CHINESE CHILDREN’S BOOK

1 BIRMINGHAM POSTCARD

LURLEEN WALLACE

EATING OUT IN ALABAMA
MOUNTAIN MAKIN’S IN THE SMOKIES

Several old postcards.

1 Middle East religious title

3 mysteries

1 hiking book

1 thriller

Andreyev. SORROWS OF BELGIUM

WINSTON CHURCHILL LP RECORDING

Cook. TOMMY’S HONOR

Churchill. ISLAND RACE

Rockwell.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

PICTORIAL REVIEW MAGAZINE 1936

2 MAPS OF NEW YORK

1 OLD MATH BOOK

3 OLD FLOWER PRINTS

Dulac. FAIRY TALES

1 MUSIC CD

Nichols. FOOTSTEPS IN THE SAND

MacDowell. BELLE HARRIS BENNETT

BARBIE’S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

Pearson. THE LAST OF HOW IS WAS

Sams.RUN WITH THE HORSEMEN

3 mystery novels

2 Birmingham Arts Journals (donation)

THE OFFICIAL CHRONOLOGY OF THE U.S. NAVY IN WORLD WAR II

John Steinbeck. 2 titles

Elmore Leonard. 1 title

Heymann. BOBBY AND JACKIE

Stevenson the Magician poster

2 monster fan magazines

3 DVD films

Crichton. JURASSIC PARK 1st edition

ARKHAM

1 signed novel

WILLIE WONKA DVD

Coelo. ALCHEMIST

2 kids’ books

3 Birmingham postcards

Morris. JULIA TUTWILER

 2 American history books

1 old lapel pin

1 Mangione CD

AA big book

 I COVER THE WAR

MEMORIES OF OLD CAHABA

THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MODERN BODYBUILDING

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS AND THE UNION (VOLUME TWO)

FOOD PRESERVATION

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GEMS AND JEWELS

1 Old Print

Capote. MUSIC FOR CHAMELEONS

ESSENTIAL CONFUCIUS

Huxley. ISLAND

3 small bibles

1 Winonah sign

A big stack of titles by Arthur Upfield

2 art books

1 book on woodcarving

2 religious titles

2 Ahmad Jamal CD recordings

6 western novels (L’Amour, Johnstone, etc.)

Stephen King & George Orwell & Alfred Hitchcock. Several titles

2 very old math books

1 photo of Leonard Nimoy

3 mysteries

2 humor books

5 popular Christian titles

Mary Stewart. 1 title

HUCKLEBERRY FINN leatherbound

Mary Poppins. 2 titles

1 Birmingham postcard

3 books on Darwin

Shakespeare. 2 titles

3 Hardy Boys titles

1 Tom Swift

1 sci-fi

1 adventure novel

DHAMMAPADA

2 volumes of sacred writings

Kant. PHILOSOPHY

Fadiman. THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU

Ginsberg. HOWL

1 poetry book, signed

P.G. Wodehouse.

Herzen. WORKS

Spinoza. ETHICS & PHILOSOPHY

Hegel. SELECTIONS

Kant. SELECTIONS

Rhys. BIOGRAPHY

Faulkner. 1 title

TREASURY OF NORTH AMERICAN FOLK TALES

Steinbeck. 1 title

FORENSIC PROCEDURES FOR BOUNDARY AND TITLE INVESTIGATION

Press Kit for 100th Episode of HOMICIDE LIFE ON THE STREETS tv Series 1997 with Photos & Credits & Info Galore

Carroll.   ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

Fleetwood.  LIFE OF CHRIST

3 VOLUMES TIME LIFE OLD WEST

1 MUSIC CD

Frances Hare. 2 books autographed

1 title on drafting

3 publicity photos (Arsenio Hall, L.L. Cool, etc.)

1 Neil Diamond LP recording

1 old photo

1 1895 etching

1 kid book

Books on flying saucers

2 Islamic titles

Joseph Campbell. 1 title

1 bartending guide

PEA RIVER SKETCHES (Alabama)

A SYSTEM OF SPECULATIVE MASONRY: In Its Origin, Patrtonage, Dissemination, Principles, Duties, and Ultimate Designs, Laid Open for the Examination of the Serious and Candid: Being a COURSE OF LECTURES, Etc.

REPORT OF EXPLORATIONS FOR RAILROAD ROUTES from SAN FRANCISCO BAY TO LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA (Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War) with folding Maps and illustrations and Diagrams

DIGEST OF LAWS OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA

AMERICAN HERITAGE MAGAZINE

2 PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINES

GUIDE TO GLAMOR PHOTOGRAPHY

FRONTIERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

3 WESTERN COMIC BOOKS

1 45 RPM RECORD

Wister. VIRGINIAN

2 OLD MAPS

Fitzgerald.  GREAT GATSBY

.DIANETICS

PROFILES IN COURAGE

JOY OF TRIVIA

Nevil Shute. PASTORAL & 2 other titles

Frankl. MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING

3 natural science titles

4 books on Egypt

2 Hardy Boys books

3 sci-fi titles

1 kids’ book

1001 RIDDLES

Freedland. ALL THE WAY-A BIOGRAPHY OF FRANK SINATRA

1 LOBBY CARD AND 1 OLD MILITARY PHOTO

Sxally. NEGRO CATHOLIC WRITERS

Hewlett. LOOK AT THE STARS

McAfee. CHRISTIAN CONVICTION

George. ALL YOU CAN SEE

Duane. SPOCK’S WORLD

Shakespeare. KING LEAR

Rowling. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

Verne. 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

Lewis. MERE CHRISTIANITY

3 sci-fi titles

3 old cookbooks

3 issues of Monster Magazine

Masters. SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY

Wirt. AIN’T WHAT WE USED TO BE

I CHING

KRISHMANTI. THOUGHS ON LIFE

Chopra. UNCONVENTIONAL LIFE

MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK

DOCTOR OF THE COTTON PATCH

THE TALE OF CORALLY CROTHERS

1935: August 24 Issue of Literary Digest Magazine with Cover Photo of Helen Wills Moody Playing Tennis with Spread on the Death of Will Rogers & Wiley Post & 2-page Spread on Joseph P. Kennedy

1 thick art book

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Wells. WAR OF THE WORLDS & THE TIME MACHINE

Variety Magazine.  1995: February 13

1 Snickers candy rack

1 Dinosaur kit

6 old marbles

1 old smoking pipe

2 DVD films (Lewis Black & Reservation Road)

Salinger. CATCHER IN THE RYE

1 lava lamp

1949: December issue of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine with L. Ron Hubbard A CAN OF VACUUM & James Schmitz & Isaac Asimov

5 LP recordings

Several Spanish & Italian works

27 45 rpm records

Stephen King. GUNSLINGER

Faulkner. 1 title

Hemingway. 1 title

Watchman Nee. 1 title

SPANISH JEWS

1 SAYING POSTER

5 LP recordings

INVITATION TO MATHMATICS

ALUMINUM; HOW IT IS MADE AND ITS USES

2014: December 7 Issue of New York Times Book Review Magazine

2 Astounding Sci-Fi Magazines, 1949 & 1952

Lots of theology and religion titles

1 key chain

Several fantasy titles

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1 Bing Crosby LP recording

Dostoevsky. 1 title

2 Agatha Christie titles

SNOW LEOPARD

1 stack of prints & illustrations

3 novels

1 mystery

Oscar Wilde children’s stories

Wheatley. THE KA OF GIFFORD HILLARY

O YE JIGS AND JULIPS

1960: July 10 Issue of New York Times Book Review Magazine with Cover Photo of Tom Wolfe Plus Review of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD By Harper Lee (reviewed By Frank H. Lyell)

1960: SHOWCASE MAGAZINE COLLECTOR’S EDITION VOL. 1 NO. 1

Cameron. A TIME OF TERROR A Survivor’s Story

Stephen King. 1 signed title–FIRST EDITION

A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

3-16-15 to 3-21-15

1 TWIN PEAKS movie promotional stand-up

NO-GOOD THE DONKEY

1 kids’ book

1 stack of Alabama history books

1 book of St. Thomas Aquinas words

HAPPY HOLLISTERS AND THE SECRET FORT

Richter. THE TREES

RUNES

2 popular titles

Hinton. THE OUTSIDERS

PAPYRI AND OSTRACA FROM KARANIS Second Series from MICHIGAN PAPYRI, VOL. VIII

TUBERCULOSIS OF THE FOOD-PRODUCING ANIMALS

5 Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald

Ray Bradbury & Leigh Brackett. 1 title

Stephen King. 1 title

SHINIGAMI

1 very old poetry title

1 kids’ book

DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

1992: March issue of Esquire Magazine with Nicole Beach on Cover

1 brass bugle

1 old chemistry book

John D. Macdonald. 1 title

ALABAMA CHRISTMAS

ALABAMA TRIVIA

Pat Conroy. MY READING LIFE (signed by the author)

STEAMBOAT BERTRAND

John Steinbeck. 2 titles

1 old Mother Goose

Ruth Graham. HOPE FOR THE TROUBLED

1 signed Stephen King

4 Stephen King novels

1 leatherbound H.P. Lovecraft collection

1 J.R.R. Tolkien bio

James Horan. 1 title

2 romance novels

ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

Dos Passos. MANHATTAN TRANSFER

1 MOZART CD

7TH ANNUAL YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION

NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS

Herge. BLUE LOTUS

Childs, Laura. two mysteries

Juster, Norman.  THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH

CIVIL WAR book

Ruark. one title

One Christmas Tree

1 egg with toy

Verne. 1 title

Carroll. ALICE IN WONDERLAND

2 old Alabama maps

THE ADVENTURES OF DIXIE NORTH

Tevis. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

GEE’S BEND EXPERIENCE

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEMPERANCE LESSONS ON ALCOHOL AND ITS ACTION ON THE BODY

Ebonyt Magazine 1969: March  Black Christ Cover

Lee Child. 1 mystery

John D. MacDonald. SCARLET RUSE

1 kids book

Maud Lindsay. 1 storybook

RETROFONTS

TRAINING DAYS

Sherman. THE RAPE OF THE RAPE

Brady. HEFNER

CERAMICS OF DERBYSHIRE

2 horror fan magazines

1 old pinup card

1966: July 2 issue of Saturday Evening Post Magazine with features on Elke Sommer & Civil Rights Violence & AMERICA AND THE AMERICANS By John Steinbeck & J. R. R. Tolkien

Knowles. A SEPARATE PEACE

Several old aircraft titles

Colin  Powell. 1 title

Birmingham Arts Journal. Donation

Vols 2 & 3 of SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR

SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR Volume 1 Volume One

2 WWI titles

Clemenceau. GRANDEUR AND MISERY OF VICTORY

Rickenbacker. FIGHTING THE FLYING CIRCUS

1 mystery novel

Titles by H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley

I CHING

2 Mystery novels

Rand.  FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED

Bhagavagita

Fannie Flagg. 1 title

1 large golf album

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EDIA OF SOUTHERN PEOPLE

Morris Dees. 1 signed title

Helen Keller. THE STORY OF MY LIFE

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Ray Bradbury. DANDELION WINE

Thomas Pynchon. 2 titles

Kazantzakis. LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

EL CID DVD film

A number of LP recordings

2 LP recordings

1 WIMPY HID book

Herman Hesse. 1 title

Several Alabama postcards

1980: Sixth Edition FAVORITE RECIPES OF ALABAMA VOCATIONAL HOME ECONOMICS TEACHERS

Van Gogh book

1 BEATLES book

Several old prints

1 miniature academy award

2 Birmingham Arts Journals (donation)

Reed. DAD’S TWEED COAT signed

Several books on dolphins

GODS & MORTALS IN CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

CLASSIC MYTHS

WIMPY KID

Stephen King. 1 title

THE TAO

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

1 book on dolphins

MISTY

3 Civil War prints

John Logue. 1 mystery

Lawrence Block. 1 mystery

1970: February Issue of Playboy Magazine with Vargas Illustration Plus Playboy Panel on “Drug Revolution” with Alan Watts, Wm. S. Burroughs, Harry Anslinger, Baba Ram Dass, Leslie Fiedler, others. Jazz & Pop 1970 w/ Nat Hentoff.

1 Russian language book

1 old keychain

1 kids’ book

2 books by Enid Blyton

ALABAMA CHRISTMAS (Jim Reed, Truman Capote, etc.)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

BO RABBIT

1 railroad manual

1 19th century volume of Harper’s magazine

1 young adult fantasy title

2 history books

2 Baptist commentaries

2 botanical prints

1 philosophy tract

Herbert. DUNE

Trump. ART OF THE DEAL

3-volume set of Christian doctrine titles

THE POCKET BOOK OF VEGETABLE GARDENING

A number of large coffee table books

Faulkner. 1 book about

2 large fashion books

A stack of large art & show biz titles

A big stack of cookbooks

WIND IN THE WILLOWS

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

2 Girl Scout manuals

Several old children’s books

A bunch of philosophy & spiritual titles

Several titles on constitutional government

Smith. JOHN ADAMS (complete 2-Volume leatherbound set)

Defoe. PIRATES

1 Bham postcard

The Upward Path: stories from black American writers including Paul Laurence Dunbar, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, others. Introduction by Robert Moton, illustrations Laura Wheeler.

Bukowski. POST OFFICE

Kane. DEEP DELTA COUNTRY Edited By Erskine Caldwell

1937: April 8 issue of Saturday Evening Post Magazine with Cover McCauley Conner Illustration of service Station Guy Filling Tank to Overflowing While Gazing at Woman Doing Her Lipstick  & Story By T. S. Stribling

2 Conway Twitty LP recordings

McMurtry. LONESOME DOVE

Baggett. REMEMBERING BIRMINGHAM

1 Bear Bryant book signed

1960: November Town & Country Magazine  Town and Country Magazine Issue on Paris

3 Dungeons and Dragons books.

AA BIG BOOK

1 Bham postcard

1 title on Rome

1 Spanish-language text

Mary Oliver. 1 title

1 magazine with George Clooney on cover

Frank. ALAS BABYLON 2 copies

Frank Herbert. 1 title

2 sci-fi magazines

Birmingham Arts Journal. 2 copies (donation)

1896: January 7 issue of Harper’s Round Table Magazine (formerly Harper’s Young People Magazine) OUR SUBMARINE TORPEDO-BOAT

1897: January 26 issue of Harper’s Round Table Magazine (formerly Harper’s Young People Magazine) with Man Fighting Polar Bear on ice Floe & Pix of Ice Skaters

3 large photography books

Sheet Music Book for Augsburg organ Library PARTITA ON THE CHORALE AH HOLY JESUS (LIEBSTER HERR JESU) By Harald Rohlig

DRACULA

1943: DIRECTORY OF MONTANA OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY Work Projects Administration WPA montana School of Mines

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Sewell. BLACK BEAUTY

CYCLING

STORY OF TY COBB

Truman Capote. 1 title

1 historical novel

John Sandford. 1 title

3-volume world history set

Vincent Price. A TREASURY OF GREAT RECIPES

Hamilton. MYTHOLOGY

COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

John Dunning. BOOKED TO DIE

BIRMINGHAM THEN AND NOW

THE COUNTRY CLUB OF BIRMINGHAM Centennial History (1898-1998)

THE AMERICAN NEGRO

MARCO POLO

David Sedaris. 1 title

Alan Watts. 1 title

5 enormous books on nature

1 large art title

1 NANCY DREW title

Stephen King. 1 title

Jonathan Gash. 1 title

1 STAY HUNGRY ad

Gaines. STAY HUNGRY (2 copies, one signed)

Salinger. CATCHER IN THE RYE (2 copies)

Rand. THE FOUNTAINHEAD (2 copies)

Jan Karon. 2 titles

1 Christian text

                  GALILEO GALILEI A Biography and Inquiry Into  His Philosophy of Science

2 old prints

2 adventure/travel books

Pepper. ORDERS TO KILL & ACT OF STATE

1960: November 12  Saturday Evening Post  Cover Art By Constantin Alajalov  Eric Hatch  Richard Powell  perry Como

1960: November 7 Newsweek Magazine with Cover illustration of Laughing John F. Kennedy & Richard M. Nixon By Howard Brodie

One modern grammar school reader

Rogers-Barnett. ALL AM ERICAN COWBOY GRILL

Several old Babar books

Rod McKuen. 1 title

SPANISH INSTRUCTION BOOK

Several Landmark books

THE FOUNDING BROTHERS

1971: May 2 Issue of New York Times Book Review Magazine with Cover Photo of Ford Madox Ford By Eudora Weltly & Review of FRAME-UP By Harold Weisberg re: martine Luther King Jr. & James Earl Ray

2002: Spring Issue of Aura Literary Arts Review

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2-3-15 TO 2-8-15

AMERICAN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

Several nature books (Thoreau, Teale, etc.)

THE SCARLET LETTER

Agatha Christie. 1 title

Clyde Bolton. 1 title

1 Birmingham title

OUR FIRST 100 YEARS 1888-1988

3 novels

Holmes. AUTOCRAT AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE

Orwell. 1 non-fiction title

DuMaurier. 2 titles

MOTHER GOOSE

Longfellow. POETICAL WORKS

Burgess. ANIMAL BOOK

Grant. THE SHADOW (2 mysteries)

THEODORE ROOSEVELT bio

Dumas. Several titles

Stratton-Porter. 1 title

Birmingham Arts Journal. (donation)

BLACK NARCISSUS

FRENCHMAN’S CREEK

Dickens. 1 title

1 fairy tale book

Bradbury. DANDELION WINE

1 modern mystery novel

GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING and 3 other novels

SINGER OF TALES

1 old fortune-telling book

Several Birmingham postcards

Whitman. LEAVES OF GRASS burlap-bound

Hemingway 7 Titles

Sonny Brewer. 1 collection

1 LP recording

Latham.  WHAT CAME BEFORE

and THE COLOR OF LOST ROOMS

Twain. PUDDINHEAD WILSON and LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI

ECCO HOMO

Kant. RELIGION AND REASON

PROTEST AND RESPONSE

AGE OF REASON

Erasmus. PRAISE OF FOLLY

Descartes. 1 title

FOXFIRE 5

2 Gardening Books

King. DANCE MACABRE, SONGS OF SUSANNAH, NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES, DARK TOWER VOLS II, III, AND IV

STEPHEN KING COMPANION

Tolkien. SMITH OF WOOTEN MAJOR

SPINOZA

DESCARTES

Philosophy titles

STILL MORE CONFEDERATE FACES

1942: September Issue of Progressive Farmer Magazine with Cover Photo of Kids Saluting an Enormous American Flag

MESOPOTAMIA YESTERDAY IRAQ TODAY

1 world history book

1 postcard

Weeks. BIRMINGHAM THEN & NOW

Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 1 collection

RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM

8 POEMS (LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED

Hitchcock. 1 collection

GIRLS OF RAMOS

ANALOG MAGAZINE

Gandhi. NON-VIOLETN RESISTANCE

EPIC OF GILGAMESH

Griffiths. COSMIC REVELATION

MEXICAN AND CENTRAL AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY

Aldous Huxley. 1 title

1 Alfred Hitchcock magazine.

Adams.  GHOSTS AND GRINNING SHADOWS

Jackson. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

1909: November issue of Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine with Frank Leyendecker & John Erskine & Dionysius & Foot-ball & Ellis Parker Butler

1989: October 8 issue of Parade Magazine with Martin Milner Interview By james Brady

Giesler. HOLLYWOOD LAWYER

Conroy. THE BOO

Billy Graham. Several titles

NARNIA 2 titles

Two histories

ISIS REVEALED A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Technology (TWO VOLUMES)

FAST FOOD MY WAY

Malone. THOMAS JEFFERSON 6-volume set

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S video film

Morgan. PARABLES AND METAPHORS OF OUR LORD & GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN & UNFOLDING MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE

Nee. SPIRITUAL MAN

Tupper. SEVEN GREAT LIGHTS

Guillet. FORGOTTEN GOSPEL

Leonard. MR. PARADISE

Cannell.  RIDING THE SNAKE

Riordan. 3 titles

Johnson. 1 Longmire mystery

Jack Schaefer. SHANE

1 old Johnny Mack Brown comic book

ABOVE THE NOISE OF THE CROWD Thirty Years Behind the Alabama Microphone

MORE THAN ARMIES The Story of Edward H. Cary M.D.

DICKENS a Biography  leatherbound

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

READING TO FIND OUT: A SILENT-READING BOOK FOR PRIMARY GRADES

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1-26-15 to 1-31-15

Heinlein. Several titles

STAR

Wells. THE TIME MACHINE

Bunches of old prints & paper ephemera

Emerson. 1 title

Thoreau. 1 title

Walk Whitman. 1 title

Reed. DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

GALAPAGOS

FLYBOYS

3 illustrator books (Beardsley, et. al.)

Vonnegut. 1 title

SHOGUN

Jim Baggett. BIRMINGHAM

H.G. Wells. 2 volumes

1 technical manual

Tolkien postcards

Orwell. 1984

THE FURTWANGLER RECORD

Ann Patchett. 5 titles

Cormac McCarthy. 1 title

EVERYTHING IS ILLLUMINATED

Douglas Adams. 6 titles

THE THORN BIRDS

Maupin. 1 title

1 disaster book

3 early NANCY DREW titles

1 military bio

TRAIL OF TEARS

Fall.  HELL IN A VERY SMALL PLACE

FREEDOM SUMMER

DIXIE BOHEMIA A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s

LeGuin. THE OTHER WIND

Single-fold Brochure from the DeBardeleben Coal Company of Birmingham Alabama SIPSEY COAL “ONLY A SOUP PLATE OF ASHES FROM A SCUTTLE FULL OF COAL”

1928: MARCH 19 Single-fold Pamphlet SCHEDULE OF PRICES FOR THE MONTEVALLO COAL MINING COMPANY (Alabama)

1 hand-carved wooden monkey

Voltaire. CANDIDE

Wallace. BIG FISH

Several music CDs

Carrie Fisher. 1 title

Steve Martin. BORN STANDING UP

1 comic bio

1 Birmingham cook book

1 publicity photo of old Bob Hope comedy

1 century-old novel

1 horror movie lobby card

MARIA CALLAS bio

2 murder mysteries

1938: August  astounding Science Fiction  Arthur J. Burks  Don A. Stuart  Warner van Lorne  willy Ley  cover Art by Wesso  Illus By Binder  Coughlin  Dold  Flatos  Orban  Thomson   Calvin Peregoy  henry Kuttner

Thomas Merton. 1 title

THE KORAN

Several furniture repair titles

1 old technical notebook

2 old novels

Lord. SINGER OF TALES

Winston. THE OTHER STRANGER

Gomes. THE GOOD BOOK

1 inspirational book

Gurney. LOVE LETTERS (2 acting copies)

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News. July 8 1l882

1 small old Vulcan statue

Orwell. BURMESE DAYS

1 Auburn souvenir

Stoker. DRACULA

Shelley. FRANKENSTEIN

Tolkien.  THE HOBBIT

Movie poster (original). I WAS A TEEN-AGE FRANKENSTEIN

Kennedy. THE BURDEN AND THE GLORY (limited edition)

Forced Exposure Magazine Winter 1988

Salesman’s Opportunity Magazine February 1957

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1 Advent coffee cup

1 yoga CD

1952: March  Motion picture and Television Magazine  Color Cover Photo of Jane Powell  June Allyson  Audie Murphy

1949: august 30 Look magazine

Aleister Crowley. 1 title

1 occult title

1 novel

Cottrell. WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Swinson.  RAIDERS

IMMORTAL LYRICS An Anthology of english Lyric Poetry from Sir Walter Ralegh to A. E. Housman  SIGNED BY AUTHOR

C.S. Lewis. OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET

Steinbeck. Several titles

Dostoevsky. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Vidal. THE CITY AND THE PILLAR

Flannery O’Connor. 1 title

Fitzgerald. GREAT GATSBY

CHINESE POETRY

Several science books

King.. WASTELAND, SKELETON CREW, ON WRITING

Bruce.  HOW TO TALK DIRTY AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

Allison.  CAVE DWELLER

Guterson. SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS

8 VINTAGE PRINTS

1970: March 15 Issue of Vogue Magazine with cover photo of Lauren Hutton

2 French books

4 geology books

HANDBOOK OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS (NORTHEAST) Volume 15

THE PARKINSON COOKERY BOOK (cook book)

Stong. STRANGER’S RETURN

CLANCY LYALL SILVER EAGLE

CHICKEN EVERY SUNDAY

Several old prints and photos

1 universal calendar

Pickett. HISTORY OF ALABAMA AN INCIDENTALLY OF GEORGIA AND MISSISSIPPI

PRODIGAL GENIUS THE LIFE OF NIKOLA TESLA

Several popular novels

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12-30-14 to 1-3-15

1 book on dice

2 YOUNG ALLIES comic books

4 LP recordings

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL FAMILY HEALTH GUIDE (2 copies)

COMPLETE ARMCHAIR BOOK OF BASEBALL

FREEDOM STRUGGLE

SPEAKING OUT

HELL IN A VERY SMALL PLACE

Jules Verne. 1 slipcased volume

1 literary volume

1 CD

STARS FELL ON ALABAMA

1 novel

THE REAL WORLD VHS

MORK & MINDY

WITCHES

Eliot. OLD POSSUM

Twain. DIARY OF ADAM

1 old American history text

1 old chemistry text

1 old fashion book

Nabokov. 1 title

Gene Wolfe. 1 title

Proust. 4 titles

4 old prints

Brautigan. 1 title

Runi. 1 title

Carl Sandburg. 1 title

2 mysteries

THE ROLLING STONES

GONE WITH THE WIND

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

THE PALEO APPROACH COOK BOOK

2 old prints

Tolkien. 2 titles

2 old road maps

Agatha Christie. 1 title

Ian Fleming. 1 title

Orwell. 1984

Lewis Grizzard. 1 title

1960: April 24 Issue of New York Times Magazine with Civil Rights Cover Photo

Mendelsohn. NUERNBERG WAR CRIMES TRIALS RECORDS OF CASE 9

Che Guevara bio

Several literary novels

1 strange phenomena title

MOUNTAIN BROOK VILLAGE THEN AND NOW

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

Gaiman. STARDUST

Heinlein. TIME FOR THE STARS

JFK. PROFILES IN COURAGE

DeTocqueville. DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

1 old Mickey Mouse wrist watch

Wright. THE SIGNIFICANT ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 6, 1962 IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA WHEN VOTERS CHOSE THE MAYOR-COUNCIL FORM OF GOVERNMENT This Letter Was Written for My Grandchildren and Those Who Come After Them

FLASHDANCE vhs film

1 book on Chrysler automobiles

1 stack of science books

LES MISERABLES

1 old school book

Stephen King. 1 title

1 old key chain

THE BUCK STOPS HERE (Harry Truman)

Shelley Winters. 1 title

Phyllis Whitney. 2 titles

THE RIFLE RANGERS OR ADVENTURES IN SOUTHERN MEXICO

BETTER PICTURES THROUGH GOOD COMPOSITION

 3 old bookmarks

Margaret Atwood. 2 titles

1 Ripley’s Believe It or Not comic book

Tolkien. THE HOBBIT

1 LP recording

  1 European travel guide

Several movie lobby cards & publicity photos

             1 Bear Bryant book

2 LP recordings

Cervantes. DON QUIXOTE

3 Birmingham postcards

1 metal cigarette ad sign

Several postcards

GARFIELD A Biography

1963: December issue of Analog Magazine with Part one of Three Parts DUNE WORLD By Frank Herbert

DRACULA BOOK OF VAMPIRE STORIES

McCarry. OLD BOYS, THE MIERNIK DOSSIER

FAIRY TALES Junior Classics

MARY POPPINS LP recording

BLACK BEAUTY

Several Birmingham postcards

Several Tom Clancy hardbacks

Agatha Christie. 2 titles

Dr. Seuss. 1 title

Du Maurier. REBECCA

2 non-fiction titles on The South

1 broadside/Liz Reed & Irene Latham

TV Guides. 1 stack

LETHAL LADY AND NIGHTFALL AND ROOT OF EVIL

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2 old key chains

1 coconut monkey

Vladimir Nabokov. 2 titles

Anais Nin. DELTA OF VENUS

Arabic phrast\e book

1 history

DR. WHO

1 Alabama postcard

John Steinbeck. 1 title

1 art book

THE ONCE IN A BLUE MOON COOKBOOK

Eugene Walter. Cookbook

                                                            Hemingway. 1 title

2 landscaping titles

Willie Morris. 1 title

BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE

1 Audrey Hepburn MY FAIR LADY Barbie

TRISTRAM SHANDY Armed Services Edition paperback

Latham. COLOR OF LOST ROOMS autographed

Dickens. HOLLY TREE

Frost. A PICTORAL CHRONICAL

Hugo. LES MISERABLES

Heinlein. BETWEEN PLANETS

2 BRIDE OF CHUCKY dolls

Laurence Sterne. 1 title

Ellery Queen. Several titles

1 1963 Life Magazines (the Kennedys)

Poe.  TALES VOL.1 and VOL.2

Sagan. DRAGONS OF EDEN

Hawking. BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

Jennings. PRE-HISTORY OF NORTH AMERICA

Pynchon. 1 title

Fleming. DR. NO and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Johnson. JESUS’ SON

4 Stephen King Books

Lippman. GOOD SENSE

ESSAYS ON LIBERTY

1 Christmas Golden Book

Life & Saturday Evening Post Magazines for 1959

Kurt Vonnegut. 2 titles

Thomas Mann. 1 title

1 classic novel

1 $100 gift certificate

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

Short Price. ALABAMA POLITICS TELL IT LIKE IT IS

1940: October issue of Amazing Stories Magazine with Cover Art of Green Robot Carrying Brunette in Red Dress By Morey plus Stories By Robert Moore Williams & Ralph Milne Farley & Ed Earl Repp & Bradner Buckner & Jack West

1 WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY

2 DANNY DUNN books

Windham. ENCOUNTERS

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL The Man Who  Contracted Space  leatherbound

Huxley. BRAVE NEW WORLD leatherbound

THE RULE OF OUR MOST HOLY FATHER SAINT BENEDICT 1886

LITTLE BROWN KOKO’S PETS & PLAYMATES

A.A. Fair. THE BIGGER THEY COME

1962: December 1963: January Vogue Pattern Book

THE JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY Volume 65 Number 1, March 1993

THE LURE AND LORE OF LIMESTONE COUNTY

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THE JACK LAFAIENCE BOOK

3 Jack Chalker books

HAMLET  Classics Illstratated

Proulx.  SHIPPING NEWS

1 Civil Rights title

Several Dr. Seuss books

DIARY OF A YUPPIE

Several old prints

4 turn of century non-fiction titles

Defoe. ROBINSON CRUSOE leatherbound

Sisley.  JOY OF LESBIAN SEX

Champagne. OUT FROM UNDER

Nabokov. LOLITA ( 2 copies)

Walker Percy. LANCELOT

2 Bear Bryant books

Herbert.  DUNE

2 James Bond VHS films

1 book of proverbs

1 vampire novel

Andrew Greeley. 1 title

1 comic graphic work

1 architectural  print

1958: September issue of Boys’ Life Magazine With Cover Photo of Scouts in Utah Canyon Plus Stories By Carl J. Spinatelli & Paul Annixter & Edesse Peery Plus Eric Sloane & Pee wee Harris & Tono & rocky Stoneaxe

SKATING ON ICE

Pickett. HISTORY OF ALABAMA

Asimov. I ROBOT

Del Rey. AND SOME WERE HUMAN  A DOZEN   Signed

Anne George. WILD GOOSE CHASE (poetry By This Alabama Mystery author)

1956: July 2 Issue of Life Magazine with Cover Photo of Stephanie Griffin & Articles on Althea Gibson & Gunfighters such as Jack Elam & Kirk Douglas & glenn Ford & Frank Sinatra & Rod Redwing & Burt Lancaster & Hugh O’brian as Wyatt Earp (2 copies)

1946: October issue of Coronet Magazine with Cover Photo of Maggie Long plus Jim Bishop

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11-17-14 to 11-22-14

Wayne Greenhaw. THE GOLFER

Katherine Tucker Windham. 1 title

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A DAY 5 signed copies

Elmore Laonard. Several titles

John D. MacDonald. Several titles

Isaac Asimov. 1 title

William March. 2 titles

Steinbeck. 2 titles

Hemingway. 1 title

1 diet book

Thomas Friedman. THE WORLD IS FLAT

1 great big stack of Emerson, Thoreau, Virgil, Beckett, Shakespeare etc.

1 Civil War title

M.R. James.  1 title

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BODYBUILDING

HERODOTUS & THUCYDIDES

 H.G. Wells. OUTLINE OF HISTORY

1 book on guns

Several cookbooks

A number of classic history titles

William James. 1 volume

1 Vermont brochure

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN volume 1

THE FILMING OF GONE WITH THE WIND autographed

TAO TE CHING

Kahlil Gibran. 1 collection

Heinlein. 1 title

Miller. A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ

Asimov. 1 title

Several old FOXFIRE books

SONGS OF THE SAILOR AND LUMBERMAN

Ellington. MUSIC IS MY MISTRESS

FLATT AND SCRUGGS BANJO BOOK

PIONEER WOMAN

3 Issues HARPER’S MONTHLY  from 1915

YEARBOOK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

ANIMALS

Huxley. APE AND ESSENCE

2 DICK AND JANE readers

1 banjo instruction book

2 music books

Henry Miller. THE AIR-CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE (WITH DUST JACKET)

Several science and fiction titles

SIGN OF THE BEAVER

EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE

1 LP recording

1 78 rpm  recording

F. Forsyth. THE SHEPHERD 2 copies, one signed

Bob Dylan bio

Aristotle. ETHICS

1 Christian book

SOPHIE’S WORLD

Dick. THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH

FISHING POPPING BUGS FOR BASS AND PANFISH signed

1 flyfishing book

1 Laura Childs mystery

Alan Watts. 1 title

THE UPANISHADS

THE TEACHINGS OF THE COMPASSIONATE BUDDHA

LAZY MAN’S GUIDE TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT

WHALE DONE!

THE MYTH OF FREEDOM AND THE WAY OF MEDITATION

ON THE MEANING OF LIFE

POSITIVE ENERGY

THE QUESTION OF GOD

IRAN

Reed. CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A DAY autographed

TARZAN Big Little Book

W. Somerset Maugham. 1 title

2 novels

CELTIC WHEEL OF LIFE 2 COPIES

1 cat book for kids

Shelley Winters. Autobio

D DAY WEATHER

DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

1 stack of book marks & postcards & philosophy books

E.O. Wilson. 1 title

Honey bees. 1 title

McWhorter. CARRY ME HOME

1 woodworking title

1 wood stove book

Armes. THE STORY OF COAL AND IRON IN ALABAMA

Delany. HAVING OUR SAY

A TOUCH OF WONDER 3 copies

Kaye. FAR PAVILIONS 2-vol set

REPORTS OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES DECIDED BY COURT OF APPEALS OF KENTUCKY  Volume 137 June 18, 1909 to April 29, 1910

Dickens. GREAT EXPECTATIONS leatherbound

A MAN CALLED PALADIN

Gore Vidal. 1 title

2 novels

THE GOLDEN ASS

1985: SPRING SUMMER LIFE MAGAZINE SPECIAL ISSUE WORLD WAR II 40 Years Later

Stephen King. 2 titles

Melville. MOBY-DICK leatherbound

Kirk. CABINS AND CHARACTERS

2 French-language books

1889: March 30 Issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with Cover illustration of Oklahoma Boomers Driven Across State Line By Troops & Indian Scouts & Pic of whaling in the North Pacific

Morgan. A TIME TO SPEAK

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Craig, Margaret Maze. TRISH

ROUTE LOCATION AND DESIGN (Fifth Edition)

2 large art books

NATCHEZ TRACE

Robert Jordan. 1 title

Orson Scott Card. 1 title

Several 19th-century photos & prints

Several 1940′s snapshots

Gibran. THE PROPHET

Erich Fromm. THE ART OF LOVING

THE KORAN

THE BOOK OF JOB

1 Bear Bryant commemorative newspaper

1 Life Magazine with Picasso cover photo

1 tall book on skyscrapers

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A sampling of the wonderful old things we sold last week

11-10-14 to 11-15-14

THE LITTLE PRINCE

Several 19th-century prints

1 Woody Allen video disk

Steinbeck. GRAPES OF WRATH

Edgar Cayce. Several titles by/about

1 stack of old stamps

JULIUS CAESAR

MADELEINE

Faulkner. 1 title

Walt Whitman. LEAVES OF GRASS

1 2-cd Yo Yo Ma recording

I LOVE LUCY lava lamp

Bradbury. MARTIAN CHRONICLES & ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING

Orson Scott Card. 1 title

2 old medical textbooks

Vonnegut. 1 title

1 1960′s Life Magazine

Shackleton. 1 title

Helen McGinnis. 1 title

John D. MacDonald. 1 title

Robin Williams stand-up from film “Toys”

MAD BOMBER

Fehrenbach. THIS KIND OF WAR

Studs Terkel. THE GOOD WAR

1 thriller

Gin Phillips. 1 title

Mark Childress. 1 title

King. SOUTHERN LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

2 old photos

PALMER METHOD HANDWRITING (TEACHER’S EDITION) Cursive Grade 5 Easy to Teach Series Consumable “SKI LIFT”

ART OF WAR

11 COMIC BOOKS

2 LP’S

3 CHILDREN’S WONDER BOOKS

Barton.  BENEATH FLANDERS FIELD

King.  BAG OF BONES, FROM A A BUICK AND, DARK HALF

Poster from the movie TOYS

Verne.  MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

H. P. Lovecraft. 2 titles

3 biographies

4 old children’s book prints/plates

2 comic books

Rawlings.  YEARLING leatherbound

2 DOC SAVAGE books

IMITATION OF CHRIST

1875: September 11 Issue  with Cover Illustration of Bank Failure in San Francisco, Aticles and Illustrations About Statue of Stonewall Jackson, Baby Hippopotamus in the Branam Circus

KING HENRY V Little Blue Book

1 Old World globe

Baum. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

Sartre. 3 novels

2 drink-mix books

WORLD OF ART SERIES-MATISSE, PICASSO, MATISSE

2 old music magazines

1 music book

Buechner. 1 titles

4 old Life Magazines

1 Great Smoky Mountains bear souvenir

ONE MILLION AC/DC Movie Poster 1-Sheet  Adult Film  World Wide Distribution  Canyon

RUN SWINGER RUN Movie Poster 1-Sheet adult Film  ”a Young Girl Alone, Marked for Death By the Crime syndicate”

  OUT OF THE DEPTHS An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience

THE AMERICAN COMMONWEALTH (2 Volumes Complete NEW EDITION)

Patrick White. 2 titles

1 novel

3 books about old cars

four American history titles

Several very old photos

1 nudie photo 1940′s

1 Elvis 8-track recording (never been opened!)

A HISTORY OF THE INDIANS OF THE UNITED STATES

AT THE FOOT OF THE MASTER (American Edition) a Miniature Book

VANITY FAIR leatherbound

FOODS Planning Service Recipes Cookbook

THE FRUIT GARDEN A TREATISE

AN ASCOT MYSTERY

POLICING THE SOUTHERN CITY New Orleans 1805-1889

SPECIAL SERVICES IN COOPERATION WITH USO CAMP SHOWS PRESENTS MUSIC COMEDY DANCING DRAMA AUSPICES THEATER SPECIAL SERVICES Featuring the “Varieteers” Infantry Glee Club  (single-fold Sheet from Circa 1945)

STREAMS IN THE DESERT

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1 stack of modern poets

1 Peter Frampton LP recording

Anton Chekhov. 1 collection

1 social sciences title

F-111 AARDVARKS

LITTLE READERS’ FIRST BOOK FOR LITTLE CHILDREN Good Stories selected from John Martin’s Book with Work By Frances Heilprin & Eliza Carlton & Edward Lear & Katherine Beardsley & Story: Chicken Licken

R. Crumb. 1 collection

1 novel

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10-20-14 to 10-25-14

1 old cookbook

2 old comic books

TALES OF UNCLE REMUS

Teresa Thorne. NOAH’S WIFE

Stephen King. 1 title

1 Girl Scout manual

1 sheet of old stamps

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

Fannie Flagg. 1 signed title

1 signed Southern author

1 bunny book

Capote. IN COLD BLOOD

Hemingway. 1 title

Several old novels

4 old Shakespeare titles

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Reed. DAD’S TWEED COAT autographed

2 PEANUTS collections

Several century-old works by Charles Dickens

THE CIVIL WAR

Several novels by Ernest Hemingway

Several novels by William Faulkner

2 novels

YOSEMITE AND THE RANGE OF LIGHT signed by Ansel Adams on Tipped-in plate

MIRO

2 old 8mm films (Jerry Lewis & Mickey Mouse)

Several art books

2 postcards of Birmingham

Ritchie. WAYFARING STRANGERS

Goldfield.  COTTON FIELDS AND SKYSCRAPERS

2 Old Sheet Musics

Reed. CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A DAY

2 old book marks

Hunter S. Thompson. 1 title

J.D. Robb. 1 title

16 century-old leatherbound miniature books

1955: CINCINNATIAN the Yearbook of the University of Cincinnati

1954: CINCINNATIAN the yearbook of the University Of Cincinnati

Kipling. VAMPIRE VERSES

Krishnamurti. 3 titles

1 atlas

1 thesaurus

1 dictionary

1 American history text

1 classic novel

Richard Wright. 1 title

1 vintage Pentax camera

1 mechanic handbook from 1910

several technical texts

ALABAMA’S OWN IN FRANCE

1 turn-of-century Birmingham HS scrapbook

Agatha Christie. 1 mystery

Stack of century-old history books & atlases

1 pocket dictionary

9 volumes of 1900 ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA

Lawes.TWENTY THOUSAND YEARS IN SING SING

3 Foreign Language books

1 Harvard Classics volume on essays

1935: February issue of Amazing Stories Magazine With Morey Cover Art of Giant with Blow Gun plus Stories By John Campbell & Harl Vincent & Skidmore & Keller & Fletcher Pratt & Brandt

1 lava lamp

2 chess books

1 art manual

2 novels

NOTABLE HISTORIC TRIALS 4-volume set (Folio Society)

Margaret Mead. 2 titles

CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

Whitmire. ALABAMA THEATRE

1 book about GONE WITH THE WIND

Joseph Camp. 1 title

TOTEMISM

SNOW WHITE

BULL FROG BEND Echoes from Turkey Creek in Jefferson County (Alabama)

PROPHETS IN THE KJV BIBLE

1 coffee table book on toys

THE FEDERALIST OR THE NEW CONSTITUTION leatherbound

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Morris.  MY DOG SKIP

Walls. HALF BROKE HORSES

Cleary. EMILY’S RUNAWAY IMAGINATION

Burnett.  A LITTLE PRINCESS

Belfer. CITY OF LIGHT

OWNER’S MANUAL FOR 2002 FORD RANGER

Tolkien.  LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, SILMARILLIAN

PENGUIN BOOK OF SAINTS

HOW-TO BOOK OF THE MASS

MASTER OF MIDDLE EARTH

Watters. SOUTH AND THE SOUTHERN NATION

McGill. SOUTH AND SOUTHERNERS

Reed. ONE SOUTH

SOUTH IN SOUTHERN VOICES 1831-1861

1967: March 17 Issue of Life Magazine with Cover Photo of Charlie Brown and Snoopy (Peanuts) Plus Jimmy Hoffa & Fred W. Friendly

KILLINGSWORTH COVE ON HURRICANE CREEK and Other Stories of an Alabama Family

2 PEANUTS cartoon collections

1 HISTORY OF SCI-FI title

COLLECTING AN UNRULY PASSION

1 music publicity photo

1 old map

Truman Capote. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

1 very old book of quotations

2 novels

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Pullman. 3 titles

1 cartoon print

1 Buddhism title

1 old print

THINK LIKE A FISH

O’Connor.  COLLECTED STORIES

Dick.  ZAP LINE

Bradbury. ILLUSTRATED MAN

1 OLD PRINT

Atwood.  HANDMAID’S TALE

Fasman.  UNPOSSESSED CITY

Mason.  FEATHER CROWNS

COOPERSTOWN

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

TREASURY OF BEDTIME STORIES

1 DVD

LaHaye.  HOW TO WIN OVER DEPRESSION

Samuelson.  WITH HEMINGWAY…

Hemingway.  FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

Greene.  HUMAN FACTOR

Hudson. GREEN MANSIONS

Freeman. R.D. LEE (4 VOLUMES)

Fannie Flagg. COMING ATTRACTIONS

Shirley Jackson. 1 title

2 PEANUTS collections

Dr. Seuss 2 titles

Dickens. DAVID COPPERFIELD

BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY 2 editions

1 novel

1 coffee table book about London

1958: CINCINNATIAN the yearbook of the University of Cincinnati

H.P. Lovecraft. 1 title

13 issues of 1881 Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper

Loos. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

4  French Language Books

Hardy.  TESS OF THE D’UBERVILLES

Bradbury.  DANDELION WINE

Guinn. MANSON

1 French textbook

THE WORLD OF VAN GOGH LE MONDE DE VAN GOGH

Open Road for Boys Magazine December 1940

1 Bible print (old)

7 VHS kids’ films

Philip K. Dick & Roger Zelazny. 2 titles

Clifford Simak. 1 title

Robert Heinlein. 3 titles

NEVILLE BROTHERS

JULIUS CAESAR GALLIC WARS

WAR AND PEACE (2 volumes)

T.E. Lawrence. SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM

LP recording THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY

1 campaign button

1 large Spanish dictionary

1 George Wallace inaugural program

1 Alabama county history

1 fantasy novel

3 jazz CDs

Life Magazine from WWII with glider cover photo

GOLDILOCKS

LOOK BEHIND YOU, LADY

SCARLET SWORD

HANDLE WITH FEAR

BULLET FOR A LADY

THIN EDGE OF VIOLENCE

THE HANGING HEIRESS

APPOINTMENT IN PARIS

MY SON THE DOUBLE AGENT

TOMBOY

SISTER CAIN

BEWARE THE PALE HORSE

THE RICH AND THE DAMNED

HELEN OF TROY

BEHIND THE CRIMSON BLIND

and 30 more hardboiled detective mysteries from the 1940′s-60′s

Tom Clancy. 1 title

Cheraskin & Ringsdorf. 1 diet research book

2 cook books

2 LP Albums

REPORTING WWII (2 volumes)

1 Green Stamp Book

James Oliver Curwood. 1 title

GASTRONOMICAL ME

2 Indian books

Flannery O’Connor. MYSTERY AND MANNERS

Tremayne. ABSOLUTION

GODDARD’S PLANT FIRST AID

TRIPS TO TAKE (early Reader)

IN CITY AND COUNTRY (Early Reader)

High Times Magazine

Mencken

Shopsin.  EAT ME

Dietz.  ALL ABOUT SATELLITES AND SPACESHIPS

DINERS

Asimov.   BUY JUPITER

Arthur C. Clarke. 1 title

Timothy Leary. 1 title

Isaac Asimov. 1 title

Huxley.  DOORS OF PERCEPTION

Sagan.  COSMOS

Vonnegut.  BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5

LaFarge.  ATLAS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

Capps.  INDIANS

Ginsberg.  INDIA JOURNALS

Burns.  COLLECTED POEMS

2014: August 10 Issue of New York Times Book Review Magazine

THE VALUE OF ESCHAROTICS

A few of the wonderful old things we sold last week

9-15-14 to 9-19-14

Crichton. ANDROMEDA STRAIN

CHUCKS AND THEIR USES

4 LP recordings

1 kid book

1 Alabama postcard

Raymond Chandler. 1 title

1 Ringo Kid comic book

1 cake decoration figurine

C.S. Lewis. 5 non-fiction titles

1921: Volume IV (4) of Yearbook for THE STUDENT BODY OF SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY IN SHANGHAI CHINA

1962: Yearbook for SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY IN KIANQSU CHINA

THE EXPLORATION OF THE INNER WORLD A Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience

Number 16 Issue of Paperback Parade Magazine with Richard Prather

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9-8-14 to 9-13-14

HOLY BIBLE

Tennessee Williams. 2 titles

KESEY’S GARAGE SALE

Jack Kerouac. 2 titles

1 stack of literary works

2 McGuffey readers

MR. BEAR SQUASH YOU ALL FLAT

HELL AT THE BREACH

1 stack of old prints and posters

PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR

Baldacci. SPLIT SECOND

Theodore Roosevelt. 2 titles

CYRANO

Errol Flynn bio

CATULLUS

1 book on Rome

Fisher. GASTRONOMICAL ME

Wattles. 1 motivational title

1 book on logic

1 horror story collection

1 novel

1 LP recording

BULL FROG BEND Echoes from Turkey Creek in Jefferson County (Alabama)

1 book on JFK

Plato. 1 title

Emmanuel Kant. 1 title

Garis.  UNCLE WIGGLY’S HAPPY DAYS

UNCLE WIGGLY IN THE GARDEN

Stark. PASSIONATE NOMAD

McManus.  THE DEAD AND THOSE ABOUT TO DIE

Phillips. THE WELL AND THE MINE

Smith. TRIPANETARY

2001 SPACE ODYSSEY

1LP

Herbert. EYES OF EISENBERG

1953: February Issue of Show Magazine with Pix of Mallia Philips & Jennifer Jones & Marilyn Monroe & Wrestlers Len Montana & Jim Austeri & Bill Baird Puppets Eve Meyer & Lionel Hampton & Billie Holliday & Sugar Ray Robinson & Marlene Dietrich

TV Guide for December 16 1978

EATING OUT IN ALABAMA

Dean.  LETS LEARN ABOUT THE BIRDS OF ALABAMA

THE TATLER (1790′s)

Dean. LET’S LEARN THE BIRDS IN ALABAMA

GAELIC

P.G. Wodehouse. GOLF OMNIBUS

Thomas Pynchon. 1 title

1976: October 21 Issue of Rolling Stone Magazine RICHARD AVEDON ISSUE “THE FAMILY”

4 Kurt Vonnegut Books

2 old  photos of furniture ads

2 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS

OUTER BANKS

Thailand guide

Clancy. RED RABBIT

Baldacci.  SPLIT SECOND

1954: April 20 Issue of Look Magazine with Cover Photo of Hemingway, Artilcles on Hemimgway’s African Plane Crashes in Africa

William Blake. 1 title

Rilke. 1 title

1 Obama program

1 martial arts book

THE BOY TRAVELLERS IN MEXICO

Richard Halliburton. 1 title

1 century-old boys’ story collection

1 travel book

Vonnegut. CAT’S CRADLE

Stephen King. GUNSLINGER

Shirley Jackson. BIRD’S NEST

Bradbury. FAHRENHEIT 451

Kahlil Gibran. 3 titles

Sigmund Freud. 1 title

Dorothy Parker. 1 title

L. Frank Baum. 1 title

1 fairy tale title

Steinbeck. OF MICE AND MEN

1 Bahai book

Bradbury. ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING

Proust. 1 biography

1 title about Jules Verne

1 French language novel

JULES AND JIM

Ogden Nash. FOUR PROMINENT SO AND SO’S

2 large old Bibles

1 LP recording (score of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY)

ROY ROGERS

GENE AUTRY

1 old pharmaceutical book

1 WWII book

4 books on USA Presidents

IMAGES OF AMERICA BIRMINGHAM AND JEFFERSON COUUNTY

THE CLASS OF ’42 MARINES IN WW II

1 set of horror films in coffin

John Ringo. 1 title

Several non-fiction titles

PERSIAN DRAWINGS

1 stack of classical music CDs

Capote.  OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS

Capote.. IN COLD BLOOD

Childers. CRAZY IN ALABAMA

Brown.  ADDIE PRAY

RICK JAMES AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Bradbury. QUICKER THAN THE EYE

Thurber. MIDDLE-AGE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE

J.D. Robb. 1 title

2 foreign language titles

Macomber. FARMER TAKES A WIFE (Dakota series)

4 Religious books

100 BIBLE MATH MISTAKES

Erich Fromm. 1 title

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LIKE WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

FREE TO BE (6 copies)

1 Shakespeare

1 old math book

2 mysteries

Joseph Campbell. 1 title

A.A. Milne. 1 title

Hemingway.3 titles

BUFFALO BILL

NEW  YORK MAP

Hair.  KINGFISH AND HIS REALM

GEOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA

HAWAII NEI

Buckminster Fuller. 2 titles

OXFORD DICTIONARY

Several hand-made cards & postcards

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD LP album cover

1968: February Issue of The Airman Official magazine of the U.S. Air Force

JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBURG VHS set

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8-11-14 to 8-16-14

2 Uncle Remus titles

SAAB STORY

3 large posters

CATCH-22

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

RISE & FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE 2 volumes

GETTING STARTED IN GERMAN

1 German language title

LILTS & LYRICS

4TH YEAR MUSIC

2 CC ADVENTURES IN MUSIC

HAND BOOK FOR SCOUTMASTERS 1942

Joyce. ULYSSES

THINGS FALL APART

TRAIL OF TEARS

TREASURY OF SYNONYMS

IDEAL SEX LIFE

GARDEN AND FARM TOPICS

1 stack of Georges Simenon books

NURSES’ RULES

Stephen King. THE STAND

USSR Magazine with JFK cover

1 1937 print

Bio of BROTHER BRYAN

1 Alabama title

1 music CD

Deal. THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN

1 Birmingham Arts Journal

1977: March 5 program for UPTOWN HOEDOWN Civiettes Mall Ball Birmingham

2 Life Magazines, one with story on Ian Fleming

1 enormous Civil War book

PALGRAVE TREASURY

RAISING THE DEAD

2 MEDIEVAL titles

FABLES collection

1 book on nursing

Several history titles

2 sci-fi novels

LEARN SPANISH book & audio

Windham. ALABAMA ONE BIG FRONT PORCH

MISTER ROGERS Golden Book

GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES

1 stack of books on art

CLOSER TO FREEDOM Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South

2 copies of Symbol Magazine

POKY LITTLE PUPPY

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

2 golfing books

Mailer. ARMIES OF THE NIGHT

1 Alabama refrigerator magnet

Faller.  SOCIAL WORK WITH ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN

PENGUIN DICTIONARY OF SAINTS

SCOTTISH GHOST TALES.

Black. I’M DREAMING OF A BLACK CHRISTMAS

FRANK LESLIE’S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER March 1, 1881

FRANK LESLIE’S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER February 12, 1881

Perelman.  MOST OF J. PERELMAN

Twain.  LETTERS

Williams.  SECOND SICKNESS

Twain. JOAN OF ARC

SOUTHERN HARVEST

HISTORY OF ALABAMA AND INCIDENTALLY OF GEORGIA AND MISSISSIPPI FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD with index laid in

BLUEJACKETS MANUAL 1946

1 Greek language book

Cook. GUESTS BEHIND THE BARBED WIRE

BLUEJACKETS’ MANUAL The United States Navy

CATCH 22 VHS film

1 Santa Claus decoration

Several old original publicity photos

Jack Kerouac. 1 title

Kenneth Patchen. 1 title

2 books about Africa

 Polk’s Birmingham City Directory 1961  Jefferson County Alabama

BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA

1 mystery novel

Several surprise eggs

PINBALL PORTFOLIO

TOUR OF FREDERICKSBURG

JOHNSON, ALLEN Picker McClicker

THORNE, T.K.  Last Chance for Justice

Brass Horn

Six Cookbooks

Speed Limit 25 MPH metal sign

2 keychains

2 old prints

MC MURTRY Lonesome Dove

Manga books

Storybooks

Korean books

Chinese titles

Kids’ books

Emerson. POETRY & PROSE

Matheson. I AM LEGEND

Heinlein. 2 titles

Huxley. BRAVE NEW WORLD

Several sci-fi titles

1 78 rpm album

1 large fox figure

2 vinyl recordings

2 PEANUTS bOOKS

DEAD SEA SCROLLS

Christian.  TUSCALOOSA NEXT 4 EXITS

Frost.  COLLECTED POEMS

Poe.  POEMS

1001 NIGHTS

1 old architecture title

1 school reader

ALABAMA POETRY

Catullus. POETRY

1 poetry book

2 Christmas books

2 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

2 ROMEO AND JULIET

Wiesel. NIGHT (2 copies)

Latin book

2 math books

2 MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD LPs

LASSIE

KIT CARSON

BOBBSEY TWINS (2)

Zane Grey. 2 titles

LE ROMAN DU GRAND ROI Louis XIV et Marie Mancini D’apres Des Lettres et Documents Inedits Sixieme Edition

Sheridan. Overdue (4cc)

1935: May issue of Vanity Fair Magazine with  Garretto Cover of Fdr  Huey Long  W. Cotton Art  John Gunther  H.G. Wells Portrait by Steichen  Ethel Merman  lou Gehrig  Al Jolson

2 decorating books

1 magazine

LP recording SHEHERAZADE

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8-4-14 to 8-9-14

2 200-year-old titles

2 mysteries

FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS

TRENTE ANS DE PARIS

L’EUROPE AU MOYEN AGE

L’ECHO DES FEUILLETONS

Sigmund Freud. 2 titles

3 BLADE novels by Jeffrey Lord

TRAVEL IN GHANA

5 occult titles

1968: October Issue of Real West Magazine with “Negro Cowboy” Story By Charles C. Patch

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA (2 copies)

Hemingway. OLD MAN AND THE SEA

1 cook book

C.S. Lewis. PREFACE TO PARADISE LOST

2 Christian pop culture books

PETER RABBIT

1 Little Golden Book

1 old newspaper

1949: January Your physique  Steve Reeves “Mr. World” color Cover

1 Ernie Pyle WWII cigarette ad

1 photography book

1 enormous penguin book

One nude painting (unknown)

Several old kids’ books

Steve Colbert bio

P.J. O’Rourke. EAT THE RICH

Several southern novels

MONROEVILLE

2 cook books

1 old ship print

1968 1969 Yearbook for Castle Heights Military Academy Lebanon Tennessee

7 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS

3 NANCY DREW books

Bradbury. ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING

Several kids’ books

Other books on writing

HANDBOOK OF CAST IRON PIPE FOR WATER GAS STEAM AIR CHEMICALS AND ABRASIVES 1927

Lewis. PERELANDRA

F. Scott Fitzgerald. GREAT GATSBY

2 old prints & 1 movie poster

1 sports book

2 feminist books

1 mystery novel

1 coffee cup

1 old paperback mystery

Eudora Welty. 3 titles

Ferrol Sams. 1 title

1 small pink elephant

H. L. Mencken

Dorothy Parker

Several 45 records

1 78 rpm record

2 Bozo record albums

1 Tarzan book

2 sports titles

Chesterton. 1 title

2 math books

2 philosophy books

1 VHS STAR TREK

Several sports books, fiction and non-fiction

Uris. TRINITY

PANAMA

WORLD ATLAS

Several old prints

THE STRENGTH OF HER TOWERS; Episcopal Church of the Advent, Birmingham, Alabama

WEDDED & PARTED The Savoy Series #14

Hemingway. 1 title

Undset. BURNING BUSH

Western Weekly (dime novel) Magazine 1878 issue

Tolkien. THE HOBBIT Leatherbouind

1 old Life Magazine

1 Karate book

1 bible commentary

Several British history titles

Josephus. HISTORY

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN

CAPTAIN KITTY

1 novel

Wouk. THE CAINE MUTINY

2 classical CDs

1 DVD film

Tom Wolfe. 2 titles

PATTERSON FOR ALABAMA The Life and Career of John Patterson

Jon Stewart. 1 title

1 DVD CATULLUS

Dostoevsky. 1 title

John Ciardi. 1 title

1 large stack of Civil War books

1 Alabama-Auburn book

Several 19th-century imprints

DRACULA limited edition

Hemingway. MOVEABLE FEAST

6 postcards

Steinbeck. GRAPES OF WRATH

50 SHADES OF GRAY

INTERNAL BALLISTICS OF SOLID-FUEL ROCKETS Military Rockets Using Dry-processed Double-base Propellant as Fuel

Wallace. BIG FISH

DRACULA IN LOVE

3 old 16mm films (Robert Jones story, etc.)

1 old story book

Toole. CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

Wallace. INFINITE JEST

1967: july 14 issue of life Magazine with lee radziwill Cover & Story on U. S. Coast Guard

Several old Life & Look magazines

Several AA & NA publications

1 publicity photo of Nicholas Cage

Edgar Rice Burroughs. 2 Tarzan titles

Hemingway. FOR WHOM THE BEL L TOLLS

Stowe. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN

LES MISERABLES (double-volume 19th century edition)

ROSENCRANZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Camus. THE STRANGER

1920: TRANSMISSION TOWERS Blaw-Knox Company Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1920 Catalog

Harper’s Magazine 1910: June July August September October November Issues Bound Into One Hardback Volume with James Montgomery Flagg & Mark Twain & Joseph Conrad & Peter Newell

4 copies CELTIC WHEEL OFLIFE

KNOW ALABAMA  AN ELEMENTARY HISTORY Revised By Frances Roberts & Viola Ayer

Emerson.  two books of essays

Grant.  HISTORIAN’S REVIEW OF THE BIBLE

Duke. CALL ME ANNA

ANARCHIST’S COOKBOOK

VINTAGE METAL CAR

1 LP

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Southside Progressive Buffet

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Southside Progressive Buffet

Not awake enough to face opening the shop this morning, I take a detour on the way to work and hope for some quiet reading time before showtime begins.

New York Times tucked under my arm, I negotiate with two McDonald’s clerks, finally obtaining a tray complete with paper placemat, icy water, scrambled egg, grits, sausage patty, biscuit, and some packets of substances dyed to look like butter and jelly.

I secure my bottom against the seat of the chair, spread my goodies about me, chastising myself for failing to bring earplugs to stave off the outrageously artless and booming music cut through with the distorted voices of employees making various jumbled announcements.

I say my mantra to reduce the ambient sounds inside my head and go through the ritual of preparing to eat and read.

As I try to ignore the world around me, things begin to catch my eye.

Two tables away, a middle-aged man keeps getting up to cross the room. I follow him with my eyes. He walks to the large trash receptacle, opens it up, bends over to rifle through previous customers’ leavings, retrieves a cup, fills it at the drink dispenser, and returns to his table, talking constantly to no visible person.

I assume he is speaking into one of those ear pod devices, but this turns out not to be the case. His animated conversation is with himself, or with a friend invisible to me.

After a bit, he returns to the trash, digs out the remains of a sandwich and commences to have breakfast.

I try to concentrate on my own breaking of the fast. I read the sordid news of the day. But part of me continues tracking the activities of this unnamed man.

This is not exactly something new to me. Now and again I see pedestrians near my downtown shop, unselfconsciously digging through concrete trash containers to assemble the makings of a decent meal. I long ago learned to keep to myself, just as they are plying their temporary trades by not intruding on my space. It’s a mutual demonstration of respect and manners.

But all this does remind me of the days, decades ago, when my kids and I would tour the drive-throughs of Southside Birmingham, putting together our own special dinners—each getting exactly the right thing. I preferred McDonald’s fries, Captain D’s catfish filet, Burger King’s Whopper Junior, Mac’s One-Stop’s Diet Dr. Pepper. The kids all had their special combinations, too. Once we were satisfied, we’d find a place at Phelan Park or the front porch of our house and dig in. We called it the Southside Progressive Buffet. Life was complete.

At any one moment, several billion people are eating what they can obtain, mostly enjoying their camaraderie or their alone time, doing the best they can do at staving off the encroaching, meandering thing called Activities of Daily Living.

And in silent homage, some of us quietly do our part—tip a little extra, donate something special, support causes that truly assist, pay a little more attention to those whose dignity is just as important as ours

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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Downtown: The Good, The Gooder, The Bestest

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The Good the Better and the Bestest

Every day is Tall Tale Day in Mister Reed’s Neighborhood.

I’m talking about all those The Glass Is Half Empty/The Glass Is Half Full stories that I listen to, here on Third Avenue North. These are stories about The City, and they are all a fun and sometimes disturbing mixture of urban mythology, high expectations, observation, low expectations, and a healthy salting of real stuff.

From the Red Clay Diary:

A rough-hewn woman with a tattoo (we’re talking sailor-biker bar type of tattoo, not surburban I-gotta-have-one-because-it’s-IN tattoo) says to me, “I wanted to make sure there’s a place to park Down Here (Down Here being Downtown), cause of the, you know, the stuff.”

Playing naïve, I say, “What do you mean, The Stuff?” and she says, “Well, I don’t want no crackhead jumping me,” to which I reply, “Oh, you must mean the homeless panhandlers—don’t worry about them, they’re harmless…and besides, I’m more scared to walk around in the Galleria parking lot at night than I’ve ever been, walking around Downtown at night.” I just have to rub it in and get my commercial in—quickly, before she disappears.

“Oh, yeah?” she says with interest, then kind of drops the subject, only she’s still in a hurry to hit the road. She only lingers because the shop is so damned fascinating to the uninitiated.

Earlier, a between-flight flight attendant comes into the shop for the first time, beaming ear to ear. After she has stayed a while, she volunteers, “Birmingham is one of my favorite cities!” This is the kind of day when I need to hear something good, so I urge her to say more. “Well, my favorite restaurant in the whole world is here, the streets are clean, the air is nice, the people are REAL friendly, and I feel so safe, walking around and taking the Dart.”

I just soak all this in, because it’s got to tide me over during the next three stories I will hear about how run-down or corrupt or ugly the city is.

I know the “ugly city” is not true, YOU know it’s not true, but it’s almost frightening how many people mouth off about Downtown without actually ever having spent a few hours touring and shopping and eating and just TALKING with people.

Mister Reed’s Neighborhood is either half-full or brimful of goodness, or it’s half-full or brimful of badness. Why is this so? Is it a matter of who’s doing the observing? Are both factoids true simultaneously?

Or should we simply go around, aggressively telling the good, the great, half-full-of-goodness stories, until they become contagious?

Bishop Spong once said that each city is as good or as bad as you expect it to be.

Wonder if he was right

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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The Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope Time Traveller

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The Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope Time Traveller

When he was a kid he used to dig into all those little classified ads and small display ads that were everywhere within the magazines and paperback books he read.

Back then, he would send off for anything he could afford and he would order anything that was free because he liked to get things in the mail…he liked to receive packages and envelopes from faraway places…he liked to open those packages and envelopes, never knowing what was inside each of them because by the time they arrived he’d already forgotten what he had ordered.

He enjoyed reading ads that touted services and items he felt he could never afford, and he always kept a mental list of things he would purchase if he suddenly had the means to get anything he wanted, and he even wondered how he would feel if he could purchase any and everything he wanted.

If that were the situation what could he hope for thereafter… what would his dreams be like after he had bought up everything in every ad in every magazine?

As he grew up and passed young adulthood, whizzed by middle age and verged on the edge of ultimate maturity he still liked to dream about those mail-order things he never got when he was a child. He daydreamed about the faraway places he would never travel to.

Now, as an adult, he at last could afford those mail-order items. But where were they?

The ads were no longer the same. The mail-order stuff he could buy now was different, inexplicable, not of his generation and time.

One day he passed by an old junk shop and saw a stack of magazines…the kind of magazines he read when he was oh so young…the magazines that had lurid pulp illustrations on their covers…the magazines that were packed with adventure and fantasy and humor and…ads.

On impulse, he bought those magazines and took them home to dream. A harmless and pleasurable act.

And one day, when he wasn’t really thinking too seriously about what he was doing, he bought some antique penny postcards and started mailing off requests for free things and more information, to the addresses that existed only when he was young, addresses with zone numbers in them, to companies that were so important in their respective communities that they had not needed street addresses—just the name of the city and state, you know. The very act of filling out those postcards was so nostalgic, so natural.

Then, he felt satisfied and drifted back into his memories of childhood and imagined what it would be like to actually receive mail from those long-departed places.

And one day, the packages and envelopes he had ordered started pouring in and he knew at that moment that he was at last in a place where no one could deny him his dreams and fancies…and after that he went about smiling to himself quite a bit more than one actually should smile at himself in times like these

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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Television Reverse-Image Interview Exists Therefore It Is

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Television Reverse-Image Interview Exists Therefore It Is

 From a long-ago entry in my neverending Red Clay Diary:

So, here I am in a television studio playing the role of Momentarily Interesting Author, so that I can be interviewed so that I can get some free publicity so that maybe somebody will purchase a copy of my latest book.

Everything in a TV studio is one-sided, because reality separates itself from the Show That Must Go On. The cameras and lights and cobwebs and teleprompters and cuecards are all on one side of the room. On the other side is The Show—desks, chairs, heavily-made-up anchors waiting tensely for the commercial to end so that they can re-freeze those smiles that bring in those salaries.

I’m enjoying the spectacle but wondering whether the show would be twice as interesting if the cameras were moved to the Set and turned toward the reality part of the room.

What if the shows were shot vice-versa? Then, you’d see the backs of things: plywood housing Formica surfaces, polished non-carpeted floors nudging up to the frayed carpeting of The Set.

And get this: No living-flesh camera operators! The cameras are being controlled robotically, with no-one shouting orders or telling jokes in the earphones of bored camera operators, like in the early days. No ad-libbing, either.

The show is one extended Cold Read.

The anchors are people who are skilled at reading aloud without stumbling much, people who read well and animatedly without seeming to falter.

I look out the hallway door at mist and fog and green hills beyond the studio.

The reversed cameras would also pick up tiny but fascinating bits of visual material—makeup and mirrors and no-sweat pads resting on chairs, ordinarily out of camera sight.

In real life, the talking heads seem somewhat small and real and vulnerable—not anything like their electronic images. If the camera could capture that, wouldn’t everything we see on TV be a bit sweeter and less threatening?

I don’t know the answer to that—I was asking you!

I do my interview in four minutes and drive to the bookstore, wondering if a talent scout has caught my appearance and decided I’d be just the guy to do a regular show on books and writing, just the guy to influence a bunch of viewers to pull the plug and start reading and writing, instead of staring and writhing on crumb-stained sofas all over the land of viewerville

 

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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DAY OF THE BOOKDEAD

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DAY OF THE BOOKDEAD

You can spot them immediately, and even though it’s happened a lot for the past several decades, you can’t help but avert your eyes at first, because it’s so painful.

I’m talking about the occasional appearance in the Museum of Fond Memories of those who walk among us as The Bookdead.

Their Look is always the same, and they frequently are in the company of book fans.

When the Bookdead person enters the store with the book fan, two things happen simultaneously. The book fan rushes to a favorite category and is lost to view in an instant. The Bookdead person stands in the middle of the aisle, as far away from each bookcase as the body can possibly be, and stares blankly ahead, stares at nothing in particular, stares at the brown wood between the books.

For years, I took as my personal goal the task of proselytizing, trying to show the Bookdead something that would be of interest, something that would spark a light in the eye, a rush of enthusiasm to the brain.

I seldom do that anymore, because it seems more productive to assist the book fan in the quest, the Bookdead being not the least bit interested in learning anything new, not excited at the prospect of having a eureka! experience.

By the time the Bookdead arrive at our doors, they are long gone away, taken from us by the regional pride of having never voluntarily read a book, or spirited away by palm-sized electronic devices, comfortable in the fact that books are somehow effete or geeky or sissy or nerdy or a sure sign that there’s something wrong with you.

I still dream of a day when the unexposed will suddenly shout with joy over the discovery of written words that can entice and excite and stimulate and make more bearable the activities of daily living.

But I realize that prodigals sometimes get way too much attention, ignoring the needs of those of us who love books, so, unbiblical as it may seem, I ignore the festivities celebrating the non-book-reader and concentrate instead on handholding those who want to continue the joyous fall through the looking glass, the fall that makes us see the world and ourselves in new and different and sometimes delightful ways.

Here, take my hand

© Jim Reed 2015 A.D.

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