Don’t mash your co-workers

Years ago I worked for a trade association whose boss was a recovering alcoholic who seemed to enjoy the art of smashing people.  Now, he didn’t always do it, but often enough to let each of us realize he was the top dog.  I think about him from time to time, but basically try to […]

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A Robinson Jeffers broadside bonanza

I have been silent for a few weeks, and for that I apologize.  I have had  a heavy load of book work and, to top that off, I was presented with a treasure-trove of broadsides printed by my friend Linomarl Marlan Beilke who asked me to offer them for sale.  Most of the broadsides he […]

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Robinson Jeffers lives through these recently uncovered broadsides

Years ago two Californians crossed paths–one a writer and the other an old-time printer–and together they immortalized each other.  The two are Robinson Jeffers and Marlan Beilke.  Last summer Oak Knoll Press published His Place for Story: An Annotated Robinson Jeffers Bibliography compiled and written by Michael Broomfield.   Charles Simic described the book  as a “A marvelously […]

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When letterpress was king! A look back through the eyes of Otto Boutin’s great book

Sometimes I chance upon stories that fascinate me and today was one of those days.  In my “spam” folder–why it ended up there I have no clue–I found a copy of Mark Michelson’s column in the on-line version of Printing Impressions.  It’s about Otto Boutin’s captivating book Otto’s Night Watch.  Michelson reproduces there “Love Letter to an Old […]

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Rudolf Rocker bibliography available

Back in 1978 when I republished Rudolf Rocker’s magnificent Nationalism and Culture, I felt that a most useful addition to the 1947 edition would be a comprehensive bibliography to help readers locate other publications Mr. Rocker had written or contributed to during his writing career.  So, I began researching such a bibliography and after many months of […]

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Ken Burns’s Eulogy on “The War”

Ken Burns’s History–stories that need to be told better! For years I have watched Ken Burns’s PBS documentary-style television shows  on the Civil War, the Roosevelts, and “The War.”  There may have been others, but these come to mind and are sufficient for the matter at hand.  Mr. Burns is a charming story teller, the […]

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A South Dakota Cowboy’s Story

The open range is no longer so open, but there are still cowboys who spend their days horseback–long days herding cattle, mending fences, fixing water tanks and all the other chores that go with horse and saddle.  While he is now retired and a bit beat up from all the years he worked as a […]

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