Thursday, January 27, 2011

Zeus And The Giant Iced Tea!

Despite the loss of a few beloved bookstores, this year is shaping up to be a good one for books. Leopold McGinnis has just released his second book of poetry. Called Zeus And The Giant Iced Tea, it's every bit as delightful as Poetaster, his previous poetry collection, but it's even better in one respect: The publisher is giving away the ebook for free! I don't know how long that will last, but I know a good deal when I see one. And when you read "The Muscle", you might find someone you know . . .

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Goodbye To GERM!

Germ Books and Gallery in Philadelphia was one of the stops on the book tour I did with Crazy Carl in 2007. It was a great store filled with fascinating books. If you were a reader interested in science fiction, occult, conspiracy theory, and underground literature, it was a little slice of heaven. I remember buying Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! there, and it was difficult to restrain myself to only buying one book (we were trying to travel light on the tour and not come back with more books--albeit different ones--than we set out with). I bear sad news though. The proprietor, David Williams, just announced that the store is closing at the end of the month, so if you live in Philly, go check it out while you still can. I'd like to thank David publicly for stocking my novel The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus all these years! I'm sorry that another great bookstore will shortly be only a great memory. It's the age we live in though as a lot of culture goes online. So let's enjoy the great bookstores while we can because there won't be many left in the future.