Pandemic Book Browsing : Casing the Strand

Another in my series where I post a video about someone’s home library, or a used bookshop browse, or anything that allows us to wander through a room of old books.

Today’s installment has us shopping for books at Strand Books in New York with two white men I have never heard of. I have mixed feelings about posting this video. The notion of someone having a quest to read “every significant novel that has been written” is kind of annoying to hear. It sounds outdated and makes me think it is code for novels written by authors with penises. But even though that line is uttered, the video doesn’t really veer too far that direction.

I have also developed a tiny, tiny, bit of an aversion to the Strand. Probably because it is often crammed with poseurs. You know, people who have read one book since college and insist that their friend read it.

But who am I kidding? It is still an amazing place to browse and buy. Sometimes I don’t even make it inside because I can spend all my time at the carts outside where I usually find one or two readable copies of the kind of books that I like that other people don’t care much about. And how can I quibble about the Strand? I had first become aware of it in the film Six Degrees of Separation (one of my favorite movies of all time). It was the one place I sought out on my first trip to New York in 1995. That was back when it was still only “Eight Miles of Books.”

Their reading tastes might not be your cup of tea (certainly weren’t mine), but it is still fun to tag along.

4 thoughts on “Pandemic Book Browsing : Casing the Strand

  1. Pamela Foster February 18, 2021 / 9:42 am

    Not having visited the Strand, I was reading along until I came to the line about authors with penises that look like them. I had to ponder this and wonder if you came up with that expression solo? It took me down a dark place where I was trying to image strange things.


    • Thomas February 18, 2021 / 12:03 pm

      That’s what happens when I blog at 5:00 AM. I removed the second part of the sentence since I didn’t mean to say that the authors’ penises looked like them. Yikes.


  2. winstonsdad February 19, 2021 / 12:21 pm

    one of them is the guy behind the complete review the huge translated literature review and news site


    • Thomas February 21, 2021 / 7:42 pm

      I discovered more about him after I posted this. Even though our interests don’t coincide much, I enjoy listening to him.


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