I didn’t know there was a mecca of books in Cleveland. Did you?
I learned this while watching one of my favorite shows, Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.” In the Cleveland episode, Bourdain is taken on a tour of the city by “American Splendor” author Harvey Pekar – and he’s taken to John T. Zubal Inc., a warehouse of books located in a former Twinkie factory. The store, however, is only available online – the physical space isn’t open to the public.
The warehouse probably has over a million books, many of which are antiquarian and/or signed. A BookNerd, Tony geeks out – and I would too.
I think this means I have to go to Cleveland…
Thanks to a reader I was pointed to an interview with Zubal over at the youtubes.
“True Blood” is my favorite TV show – and tonight is the season finale.
That made this seem appropriately timed.
I went for a pedicure recently. As I chilled out and got lost in the US Weekly the salon so nicely provided to me I was delighted to come across the little article shown above. Being a fan of “True Blood” as well as an obviously avid reader, I was pleased to see the #22 fact about Joe Manganiello (who plays Alcide the hunky Werewolf.)
See – Some celebrities read!
Also, I have to point out the sheer awesomeness of “True Blood,” which is a show based off Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, a fact never forgotten by Alan Ball and the show’s creators. In addition to Ms. Harris herself making a cameo a while back, the characters have been seen reading her books a few times.
Please watch as my dear beloved Stephen Colbert defends himself as the biggest Tolkien fan against “it” boy of the moment, James Franco.
(The Tolkien business starts around 3:30.)
I love book nerds in public forums.