1. Blaise Cendrars on Easter in New York

    In 1912, at Easter, I was starving in New York, and had been for a number of months. From time to time I took a job, by force of necessity, but I didn’t keep it a week and if I could manage to get my pay sooner than that I quit sooner, impatient to get on with my sessions of reading at the central public library. My poverty was extreme and every day I looked worse: unshaven, trousers in corkscrews, shoes worn out, hair long, coat stained and faded and without buttons, no hat or tie, having sold them one day for a penny in order to buy a plug of the world’s worst chewing tobacco.

    The Improvised Life has a charming excerpt from Cendrars’s interview with the Paris Review on writing his masterpiece, Easter in New York, the origins of his nom de plume, as well as a link to the poem in french and english.

    In keeping with the tradition of A Different Stripe, we’re obligated to refer you to this picture of Cendrars with his cat.

  2. Save St. Mark's Bookshop →

    This is our second post in one day that’s come via the excellent site Blogging from Bookstores. Today they’ve brought news of two New York City bookselling institutions, (both of which have been great supporters of NYRB Classics for many years) and we couldn’t resist. 

    The St. Mark’s Bookshop, a vital [Astor Place–area] cultural institution, needs a rent low enough to survive. Join the Cooper Square Committee petitioning Cooper Union, the bookstore’s landlord, to give St. Mark’s Bookshop a lower rent.

    The St. Mark’s Bookshop has a long tradition in [downtown Manhattan] and serves an admirable and increasingly rare function. St Marks is struggling to pay the market rent that Cooper Union is charging them at 31 3rd Ave. A significant rent concession by Cooper Union could save this irreplaceable neighborhood institution”

    Sign the Petition

    (Source: signon.org)

  3. And check out those NYRB Classics in the windows (keeping company with some Europa books, from the looks of it). If you’re visiting New York City—particularly the West Village—be sure to stop by.
blogfrombookstores:

Three Lives & Co. Book Store - New York, NY
This is one of my all-time favorite bookstores. It’s teeny, tiny inside, but oh-so-cozy and filled to the brim with an excellent selection of books.
(Photo Source Unknown)

    And check out those NYRB Classics in the windows (keeping company with some Europa books, from the looks of it). If you’re visiting New York City—particularly the West Village—be sure to stop by.

    blogfrombookstores:

    Three Lives & Co. Book Store - New York, NY

    This is one of my all-time favorite bookstores. It’s teeny, tiny inside, but oh-so-cozy and filled to the brim with an excellent selection of books.

    (Photo Source Unknown)