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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Bookseller Spotlight


Jim has been working out at Lake Forest Park for a little over three years, but he's been a bookseller for about nine years. So he pretty much knows everything. His favorite food is eggs Benedict, and one day he wants to own a Bluetick Coonhound. He likes to cook and golf; I'm guessing not at the same time, but who knows, Jim is kinda weird. On weekends, when not reading, Jim does stand up comedy.

What sections do you shelve? Political Science.

What's the most underrated book in your section? Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, written when he was 37 years old.

What's your favorite section in the store? Poetry.

What book do you recommend most? Currently, This Is Between Us by Kevin Sampsell, but next is Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love.

Favorite bookstore besides Third Place?  Faulkner House Books in New Orleans.

What are you reading now?  Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011 (correspondence between Auster and Coetzee,) and Happiness: Ten Years of n+ 1 by n+1 (a wonderful collection coming out in September).

Can you read more than one book at a time?  I do, but not very well.

Do you have to finish a book once you've started, or do you give up on books? As Milorad Pavic said, "If you put it down tomorrow, you may find it like a stove gone cold, with no hot supper waiting for you any more"… I try not to let that happen too often.

A book you regret never having read? I still haven’t read The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo.

Favorite author, or three, or five? T.C. Boyle, Fernando Pessoa, Eve Ensler, Joan Didion’s earlier non-fiction… Paul Auster, Cheryl Strayed.

Do you have an all-time favorite book? The Dictionary of the Khazars by Milorad Pavic, it comes in both a Male and a Female edition.

Guilty reading pleasure?  Cookbooks or anything about cooking.

Do you keep books? Borrow them? Lend them?  I’m currently paring down my collection and trying to give more to neighborhood free libraries. I think they’re a great way to filter books you like into the universe.

How are your bookshelves arranged at home? By the peculiar way that my brain allows me to find certain titles again.

Do you judge books by their covers?  I do, and it’s been some of the best reading.

A book you loved that you wouldn't have read if someone hadn't recommend it to you?  Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems by Jim Carroll… my sister’s boyfriend recommended this when I was in my last year as a teenager.

Favorite movie version of a book, or a movie that most ruined a book? Favorite: Pride and Prejudice, with Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy.  Worst: Watchers with Corey Haim.

Favorite book as a kid? War and Peace, I was a fourth grader and I didn't actually read it, but I turned in a book report.

Have you read Ulysses? No.  All the way through? Yup.  Are you lying? No.  (editors note, pretty sure Jim is making fun of my questions)

Currently reading and raving about? 
What Narcissism Means to Me: Poems  by Tony Hoagland

A beautiful collection of poetry I've been visiting on and off for the last year when I need a smile. He writes with insight and a biting wit.

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