Friday, April 21, 2006

Bibliophile Bullpen

There's a very unusual, highly professional, and exceptionally interesting blog called Bibliophile Bullpen. Go take a look. I am not smart enough to figure out immediately who they are or where they come from, so to speak, but no doubt you will catch on immediately.

(Re the smarts: as someone said to me recently, 'I've reached the stage where I go into a room full of familiar faces, and the only name I can remember is Alzheimer's.')

The chief perpetrators of Bibliophile Bullpen appear to be J. Godsey, who is a bit coy about details: profile shows a female-looking outline. A spy told me that her name is Joyce. And Lynn DeWeese-Parkinson: who's a he; ex-lawyer.

Anyway, whoever and whatever, let no one doubt that it takes a hell of a lot of time and effort to put together a blog like this. Come to that, it takes a lot of time to do it justice as a reader. But it doesn't take long to figure out that there is some seriously valuable stuff here.

By the way, J.Godsey also urges us all to enter the Booklympics. This involves hurling books around. Hey, someone should tell Stephen King. If you remember, he said that his first reaction, on reading Jonathan Franzen's The Connections, was to heave it into a far corner of the room and then piss on it. (So vulgar.)

3 comments:

jgodsey said...

Thank you for the very kind words.
the Bullpen tries to lean toward stuff those in the USED bookselling business might find useful or informative or fun. It's a little haphazard but thankfully blogging is a very forgiving medium.

Andrew said...

Delightful, the Bullpen. Anyone who promotes the sport of Book Hurling and Book Curling is fine in my book. It's a great alternative to the more sordid dwarf tossing, which has been outlawed in Arkansas. Bottom line: I have no idea what the Bullpen is about at all--and it's delightful reading!

Anne Weale said...

Went to the Bullpen, as you advised, and was interested in the following -
"layflat binding. -->
nifty new invention, found on the better reference books. sometimes referred to as 'Otabind' which is a binding process using the Otabind machine."

Don't like the word layflat - why not lieflat? - but am driven mad by paperbacks which won't.

Anne