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John T. Zubal, Inc – Or, why I need to go to Cleveland.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ann Patchett on The Colbert Report = Marvelous.

Check this out. 

Because it’s wonderful.

Books, and “True Blood”

“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.

Stephen Colbert knocks James Franco down – over Tolkien!

Please watch as my dear beloved Stephen Colbert defends himself as the biggest Tolkien fan against “it” boy of the moment, James Franco.

Video here.

(The Tolkien business starts around 3:30.)

I love book nerds in public forums.