Literary Links that lead to CVS

Great post on Safire and Buckley.

Digital treasures, a Central & Western MA Digital Library Project.

Our copy of ickle and Lardee’s Grand Adventure came in the mail yesterday.  My elder son wanted to know if there were more books in the series.  “There’s a whole website,” I told him, to his great delight.

I know Liane’s the local girl, but I still prefer Scott Simon.  (I also recommend Pretty Birds on audio, from the library.)

This has nothing to do with books, but you might need a snap or two at the Thanksgiving table.

Ray Bradbury’s comments about libraries were from a while ago but are still relevant.

Found this wonderful short story site via the Worcester Public Library Twitter feed.  (If you don’t do Twitter, you can still subscribe to Twitter RSS Feeds!)

Also, regarding the library, the deadline for applications to be on the library board is Friday at noon.  I’ve been tempted, but I don’t know if I’d have the time to be on that board now.

We’re only a week away from Great Books Discussion Group!

I’ve been thinking about CVS from two perspectives: one, the almost-as-ubiquitous-as-Dunkin’-Donuts conglomerate, and two, the way Nicholson Baker describes the CVSes of my youth, in the mid-1980s or so, in the wonderful book The Mezzanine:

“This was the kind of important and secretive product that CVS stores sold–they were a whole chain dedicated to making available the small, expensive, highly specialized items that readied human bodies for human civilization. Men and women eyed each other strangely here–unusual forces of attraction and furtiveness were at work. Things were for sale whose use demanded nudity and privacy. It was more a woman’s store than a man’s store, but men were allowed to roam with complete freedom past shelves that glowed with low but measurable curie levels of luridness. You slip by a woman reading the fine print on a disposable vinegar douche kit. She feels you pass. FRISSON!”

Seriously, if Baker had written nothing but The Mezzanine, he’d already be in the running for best living American writer.  Request that book from the library NOW and savor all the ridiculously long footnotes and disturbingly accurate commentary on CVS and office routines and shoelaces.

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