Monday, March 22, 2010

Vintage Paperback Show, Part Two

Richard Robinson has posted a much better review of the Vintage Paperback Show over at The Broken Bullhorn. Any of you who aren't familiar with his blog, it's a pretty active place - I recommend checking it out.

I also neglected to mention in my earlier post that I also met Art Scott at the show, who has been a loyal follower for a few years now. I met Art when I spoke at the Livermore Library waaaaaay back in 2008.

It's always great to meet these people that I've only known online before. I think I also forgot to mention (WHAT is going on with my brain lately??) that I met Cap'n Bob a few weeks ago, who treated me to a fantastic dinner at Morton's in downtown Los Angeles. Bob was in town for a convention and once I find the link to his report on that, I'll post it also.

I'm really behind the 8-ball this morning. But it's Monday and I'm super busy at my real job, which takes precedence these days.


Evan Lewis said...

You meet royalty - Sir Arthur Scott, and dine with debonair Cap'n Bob - and don't mention it until Part Two? How modest of you.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Art's the tops. I've known him since 1971 and a more steadfast fellow doesn't live.
Our dinner meeting was one of the highpoints of my trip, but those few weeks were actually 10 days ago. I'm glad to report hat Laurie in person is just like Laurie on line--bright, personable, and excellent company.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Change "hat Laurie" to "that Laurie," above. Thank you and good night.

Walker Martin said...

Laurie mentions being busy at " real job." I worked 32 years at a job that I never considered for one second as my real job. It provided the means for me to pay bills and collect books, that's all. Finally I got disgusted at the time I was spending away from my collection and I chucked the job due to burnout.

I look back on my life and see my real job as my collecting activities. Right now as a worker, you may think as your job as primary, but when you retire I bet the blinders will fall off your eyes and you will see these *jobs* are nothing more than bill payers. Collecting is the real job for the serious collector.

I've always thought of collecting books and old magazines as the grandest game in the world. I can remember when I was 12 my father collecting and dealing on his deathbed; I plan to do the same.

Non-collectors will not understand the above and in fact it is impossible for them to understand the collector at all. So keep collecting Laurie, that is your real job.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Rick's books look lovely on his blog. The day job-gotta quit soon.

Laurie Powers said...

Dave, I'm telling you. My memory is shot. I meant to write about dinner with Cap'n and then...poof!

Cap'n was the most gracious host ever. Thanks again for taking me to such a special place.

Walker, very very good advice. I've been trying to find a way to shift my energies from my 'day' job to the "real" job. Collecting, writing and travel - that's the combination of my dream job.

Patti - yeah, sigh. The time to quit is way overdue.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I've never cared a whit about my day job, and like Walker only work to provide the basic neccessities and support my hobbies. If there's a god I'll be retired before the year is out.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you again, Laurie. Looks like you did real well at the show. I've been attending that show for something like 25 years, but this one was indeed remarkable for the quantity of good cut-price books. The economy, no doubt, but maybe also realization by more dealers of a fact I tumbled to a long time ago: there are VASTLY more vintage paperbacks still kicking around than there are -- or ever will be -- collectors wanting to give them a home. I'd wager that upwards of 80% of the old paperbacks at that show will eventually find their way to the recycler in the next decade.

Pulps have an even tinier constituency, but the objects themselves are so scarce that a reasonable supply-demand balance exists. There will always be a core of serious PB collectors to properly archive and document this piece of popular culture, but it will never make it as a big commercial collectordom, like comics or classic cars.

Art Scott