Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Thanks to William Lampkin of the Yellowed Perils blog at ThePulp.net for this great, one-of-a-kind image!
Bill also posted an article about on us, "Going Back to Bonnett's", on his Yellowed Perils blog. It's a great place to find links, info, and history about the pulp magazines which gave birth to all which is now commonly known as pulp fiction. We're quite partial to pulps, not only as inventory, but for the fact that Grandpa Harold wrote detective fiction which was published in many well-known pulps of that variety. It's my suspicion that his writing helped him earn enough to open the store with Grandma Ruth.
Also on Yellowed Perils is Bill's tribute to another downtown Dayton icon, Richard E. Clear, Sr. (R.I.P.), who opened the legendary Dragon's Lair a few blocks west of us in 1973. I bought the bulk of my own new comics collection and RPGs there into the late '80s.
I had learned of Clear's passing the day before I found Bill's article about it. David T. Alexander of DTACollectibles.com shared the sad news when he stopped here on the way home from the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. David and Richard co-authored "Old Magazines: Identification & Value Guide" in 2003; a book which has proven incredibly useful to us over the years.
Another astounding tome is from nearby Fairborn, OH. The Bookery Fantasy "Ultimate Guide to Pulps" by Tim Cottrill is a must-have for any pulp magazine collector. And while I'm mentioning reference works, I should mention the annual Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. We get our copies from Pete Bell of Bell Book & Comic. Pete got started in the comics biz at the aforementioned Dragon's Lair!
Pulp fans owe a great deal to Mr. Rusty Hevelin. Rusty was the driving force behind the nearly 4-decade run of Dayton's own Pulpcon, which was, for a time, the premiere destination for pulp collectors worldwide. Rusty's devotion to pulp was so great that there is now an award named after him. The Rusty Hevelin Service Award (aka "The Rusty") is awarded each year at PulpFest in Columbus, OH to that person who is deemed to have shown the greatest dedication to the betterment of the pulp-collecting community.
Sadly, the bulk of our pulp inventory has dwindled, but our love for it continues. We still occasionally turn up a box or two, or a stray here and there. In the past I've scanned a number of pulp covers and have them in collections on our Google+ profile (formerly Picasa albums) - here's a link to one such collection. Look around our albums to find more. Also, check out ThePulp.net's great collection of pulp-era newsstand photos for an interesting glimpse into a world when radio and reading ruled the home-entertainment universe.
Friday, March 20, 2015
First Friday is an art-centric event, and we always try to highlight our selection of art-related books of all sorts. What many people forget is that writing, too, is an art; alongside painting, sculpture, carving, dancing, music, etc. Some believe in a philosophy that every aspect of life can be conducted artfully. With these ideas in mind, I present, as an example, a number of April 3rd anniversaries, most of which can be explored in greater detail in the multitudes of books on our shelves.
Stop in, and don't be decieved by the playful decor of our shop.
Now, glance over the following list and maybe you'll find inspiration to explore something more. April 3rd is just another day. One of 365 each year, but each of those days hold the potential to begin a whole new journey.
Enjoy, and thank you,
~ Kevin Bonnett
April 3rd in History (gleaned from Wikipedia)
1783 - Birth of Washington Irving, author of "Sleepy Hollow."
1885 - Birth of cartoonist Bud Fisher, creator of "Mutt & Jeff."
1895 - Oscar Wilde brings libel case, resulting in his own imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.
1912 - Birth of author Dorothy Eden.
1955 - ACLU announces plans to defend Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" against obscenity charges.
1974 - I was 10, playing outside. Mom, in a panic, called for us to come in because of storms. This confused me, because nothing seemed unusual where we were, a few miles south of Vandalia, OH, except the state Mom was in. This was the date of "Super Outbreak of 1974" which spawned 148 confirmed tornadoes across 13 states in the South & Midwest, and in Ontario Canada, including the infamous Xenia Tornado, which nearly wiped the entire town off the map.
1933 - Marquis of Clydesdale is first to fly over Mt. Everest.
1860 - The first successful Pony Express run begins in St. Joseph, MO.
1865 - Union forces take the Confederate Capital of Richmond, VA.
1882 - Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.
1936 - Bruno Richard Hauptmann executed in the Lindbergh Baby case.
1948 - President Truman signs the Marshall Plan for U.S. aid abroad.
1968 - MLK delivers "Mountaintop" speech
1885 - Gottlieb Daimler recieves a patent for his engine design.
1924 - Birth of actor Marlon Brando.
1958 - Birth of actor Alec Baldwin.
1959 - Birth of actor David Hyde Pierce.
1961 - Birth of comedian & actor Eddie Murphy.
1982 - Birth of actress Cobie Smulders.
1986 - Birth of actress Amanda Bynes.
1975 - Chess Master Bobby Fischer refuses to play Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the World Chess Championship.
1936 - Birth of organist Jimmy McGriff.
1941 - Birth of Jan Berry of musical act "Jan & Dean."
1942 - Birth of singer Wayne Newton.
1944 - Birth of Tony Orlando of musical act "Tony Orlando & Dawn."
1946 - Birth of Dee Murray of muscial acts "Procol Harum" & "The Spencer Davis Group."
1949 - Birth of Richard Thompson of "Fairport Convention."
1968 - Birth of singer Sebastian Bach of musical act "Skid Row."
1934 - Birth of primatologist Jane Goodall.
1926 - Birth of astronaut Gus Grissom.
1949 - Birth of American football player Lyle Alzado.
1971 - Birth of Olympic skier Picabo Street.
1973 - Motorola & Bell Labs collaboration makes 1st mobile phone call.
1981 - At the size of a sewing machine, the Osborne 1 is announced as the first portable computer.
2000 - U.S. vs. Microsoft antitrust case rules against Microsoft.
True Crime History
1888 - The first murder attributed to Jack the Ripper is committed.
1996 - "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski is captured.
1922 - Joseph Stalin becomes the "George Washington" of Communism.
1946 - Japanese Lt. Gen'l Homma executed for leading Bataan Death March.
2004 - Perpetrators of Madrid Train bombings are trapped by police and kill themselves.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Here at Bonnett's Bookstore we often discuss various aspects of Dayton's history with visitors looking for related esoterica and ephemera. Such discussions have given me many excuses to ponder Dayton's discoveries, and the how and why of our past's intellectual motherload.
Another thing often overheard or expressed locally are statements of boredom: "There's nothing to do in Dayton." A local tavern has even made bumper stickers proclaiming, "DAYTON'S ALRIGHT - if you've never been anywhere else." Frankly, I'm a believer in the lyric from the Harvey Danger song "Flagpole Sitta", which says, "If you're bored, then you're boring." There's plenty to do around here, and interesting influences from all over the world.
Dayton sits just south of what has been called "The Crossroads of America." It's a sure bet that other locales have embraced that moniker as well, but the fact of Dayton being a crossroads is clear; Interstates 70 & 75 meet just north of Dayton, providing easy access to everything mainland America has to offer, agriculturally, industrially, educationally, scientifically, commercially, politically, and culturally speaking - and it has always been so. We're at a confluence of rivers, trails, canals, roads, rails, and highways which handily connect us to everywhere else. Even the earliest explorers of Ohio followed routes established long before by the Native American nations, which became the National Road and the Dixie Highway, and are now I-70 and I-75.
Based on the elements above I eventually concluded that Boredom might be Dayton's best natural resource, which I've stated here in the shop on many occasions. I usually say it in a joking manner to avoid putting folks off, but it's an idea that I now find may have some traction. Peace and quiet may seem like boredom to some, or an opportunity for meditation, pondering, and reflection to others. This idea was backed up by Isaac Asimov in 1959! Asimov's essay can be found on MIT Technology Review and is linked at the bottom of this post.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Here's a list of books currently available at Bonnett's (in no particular order) which have been Challenged by attempts to Ban them, or which may be Banned in other countries, or may have been Banned in other times. We hope you'll have time to enjoy them all, and many more!:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Scarlet Letter
The Red Badge of Courage
Leaves of Grass
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
In Cold Blood
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Gatsby
Gone With the Wind
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Call of the Wild
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Color Purple
Brave New World
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Captain Underpants (series) #s 3 & 5
The Bluest Eye
Fifty Shade of Grey (series) #s 1 & 2
The Hunger Games (series) #s 1 & 2
BONE by Jeff Smith (graphic novels) #3
Harry Potter (series) all
Of Mice and Men
His Dark Materials (series) all
Gossip Girl (series) #s 5,6,8, & 9
Killing Mr. Griffen
Goosebumps (series) a whole bunch
The Lord of the Flies
The Lord of the Rings (series) all
The Satanic Verses
Sons and Lovers
A Seperate Peace
Women in Love
The Naked and the Dead
Tropic of Cancer
Nickel and Dimed
Twilight (series) all
My Sister's Keeper
Bridge to Terabithia
James and the Giant Peach
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice all
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Song of Solomon
Pillars of the Earth
That Was Then, This is Now
The Things They Carried
The Lovely Bones
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Pentagon Papers
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
All Quiet on the Western Front
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
- Science-fiction fans know DUNE as one of the greatest and most popular works in the history of the genre.
- Book lovers know DUNE as a book they might want to read some day, even if they aren't into science-fiction.
- Film addicts know DUNE as that fascinatingly wierd "mainstream" movie by David Lynch, starring Kyle MacLachlan, with Sting, and a pre-'Star Trek: The Next Generation' appearance by Patrick Stewart.
- Cable TV & streaming aficianados might know DUNE from it's SyFy channel miniseries (when it was still the Sci-Fi Channel).
- Media nerds know all of the above, and perhaps thousands of associated connections, including- loosely -the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon rule (via 'X-Men: First Class')
- But the true Alpha Geek knows about Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to make DUNE, before the seeds of modern popular culture had been sown, and now you can, too! It's alleged to be one of the greatest films never made.
How's this for a convolution? A never-made movie, based on a science-fiction novel, introduces young creatives who's contributions are included a production-book which changes cultural history and, later, becomes a documentary about the crucial cultural impact of the attempt and it's participants.
On the face, JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is a documentary about one man's failed attempt to make an epic motion picture in the mid-1970s; based on an epic novel. It sounds like something that might be mistaken as a tragic tale of heartache and loss, but it is not. It's the tale of a passionate journey.
It's the story of a Jodorowsky's romance with the idea of filming the book DUNE; the 'love-making' of assembling his team, the 'copulation' of creative talents, and the 'birth' of another book; the pre-production template for Jodorowsky's vision. This pre-production template was a rather hefty tome, and seems to have become the aforementioned seeds of modern popular culture, for film at least.
I can't share much more without spoiling the unfolding of a fascinating story. Let me just say that if you enjoy wallowing through movie "bonus features", as I do, you'll love this documentary. It's the greatest "making of" feature you'll ever see, for a film that never existed. It's all true, and pleasantly devoid of promotional puffery found so often in bonus features, because, this time, there's no film to promote. It's all reflection on a failure; perhaps the most culturally relevant failure in cinema history.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Quite a few years ago (2006 or so) I stumbled upon a blog called Babes With Books. I've mentioned it here before. It no longer exists, having disappeared unceremoniously a few years later. It was simply a collection of "beautiful women reading books" - not porn, not nude, but perhaps not quite safe for work. The collection was gathered from all over the web, and - I suspect, used without permission. I strongly suspect that it was the lack of permission factor behind it's disappearance. The blog was even written about in WIRED magazine at one point. Something reminded me of that blog tonight, and it's pseudonymous proprietor "Hardley Surton", so I plugged it into the search bar and found... very little.
Thanks to the WIRED article, the widespread interest in books, and the overall fascination with "pretty girls" it's clear I wasn't the only one who had some appreciation for the collection. I was curious to see if anyone else had taken up the banner of Babes with Books, but found only articles lamenting it's loss, or just mentioning it as a notable curiosity of the interwebs, like the World's Biggest Ball of String. One man's blog actually found and quoted a comment I'd left on WorldsBestEver.com regarding the Hardley Surton phenomenon.
So, really, this wordy post is just a nod to Doug Bolden as a fellow book lover and internet oddity aficionado. Thank you, Doug, for mentioning our blog and best wishes along your path.
Friday, May 09, 2014
We don't have an exact date for the opening of Bonnett's, but we'll celebrate when we can. Spring '14 Urban Nights (May 9, 5-10p) is one such opportunity.
You may already know that we carry nearly all kinds of popular Books, Comics, Magazines, and Movies at many different pricing levels, from dog-eared reading copies to like-new collector's items. Many nice books require no special pricing or research. These "regularly unmarked" books will be 75% off our normal discounted price during Spring '14 Urban Nights!
Hope to see you then!