Grind #106 :: Literary Links for Book Loving Lurkers

AKA // Imaginary Bookstore, Typewriters & Tittles //

Tom Hanks perusing our Imaginary Bookstore. That's me on the right.

Tom Hanks perusing our Imaginary Bookstore. That's me on the right.

In this literary edition of the Grind, let's close our eyes and pretend we're in a dusty, old gnarly bookshop hanging out with the motley crew of Mark Twain, Tom Hanks, John Steinbeck, Wile E. Coyote, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, Kathleen Norris and Cormac McCarthy. The sounds of a creaky floor in our ears and the scent of burnt coffee in our noses. It's a good conversation centered on the best book adaptations to movies, ways to read more, the best books of 2016 and the best upcoming books this spring. There's a lively debate on the most beautiful libraries in every state and a discussion about a grad student recently discovering a lost Walt Whitman novel. Each of us recommend books we bet no one in the group has read. It's a good day. Just a group of people talking books.

But then Steinbeck starts piping up about racism and bigotry and Hanks gets obsessed with typewriters and Gaiman wants to know what the dot atop the letter i is called, and we all realize there's something really, really wrong with Christopher Moore. It's all downhill from there. And just as we bat our eyes open, we hear a high pitched, "Beep! Beep!" and the whole illusion gets blown to holy hell as Wile E. Coyote sets off a few crates of TNT. Our imaginary bookstore is a pile of smoldering kindling.

Good thing I wrote it all down for you. Enjoy this edition of the Grind. I'm off to read The Fireman.

Beep. Beep.


Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
— Kathleen Norris

To read all the books in the British Library at a rate of five a day would take 80,000 years.


The dot above the letter i is called a tittle; which is also where the phrase "To a T" comes from..."To a Tittle," meaning to the smallest detail. Now you know.

"Danger, Food Guy! Danger!"

"Danger, Food Guy! Danger!"

...The Last Drop

Grind #106 :: Literary Links for Book Loving Lurkers ~ Fin.