Friday, March 11, 2011

Drunk on books

The molecular structure of lignin.

"Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us."
- From Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez's Perfumes: the guide.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Eight more parking spaces!

Thanks to the SF Bike Coalition's leadership, the city and county of San Francisco, and taxpayers, there are now at least 8 more parking spots in front of Green Apple Books! No more excuses about not finding parking on Clement Street.

Sure, you need a bicycle. No bike? Muni lines 1, 2, and 38 all stop within a block of us.

Here's the process (well, the process started months ago; here's the installation).

Steps 1 and 2: remove car and meter, paint
Steps 3 & 4: install and chat

Steps 5 & 6: park and lock

A reminder that members of the SF Bike Coalition get 10% off at Green Apple, day in and day out. Ride carefully!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What becomes

of fear and wonder on a long late night in the annex.


Entitled to the Throne

The son of Yuga Khan and Queen Heggra, Prince Uxas, second in line to the throne of Apokolips, plotted to seize power over the planet. When his brother attempted to claim the fabled Omega Force, Uxas murdered him and took the power for himself; transforming him into a rock-like creature, and taking a new name: Darkseid. With his newly found power and ability along with his charge as ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid has since sought to wipe all free will from the universe, believing there to be solace for all living things in ubiquitous servitude under his rule. Henceforth Darkseid imposes his unwavering opinion that he is entitled to not only his own throne, but all thrones. Darkseid is in your chair.

I want to know how he came to be sitting on Swamp Thing in that last one. What the hell?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Well, tingle my spidey-sense - it's a whopper!

Economic downturn? Not if you you were the lucky seller of a private auction for a Silver Age funny book that happened to feature the debut of SpiderMan. . .

That's right folks - if your mom hadn't of thrown out your stack of comics when you were away at college you too may be a millionaire - just so long as you had a near mint copy of Amazing Fantasy #15. . .

$1.1 million.

Anyone selling?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Shaun Tan

As a perennial favorite here at Green Apple and elsewhere, you may have heard something about Shaun Tan. His stunning illustrations are imaginative and emotional; his words are thought-provoking. Lost and Found, the latest from Tan is a triple threat, with three of his previously out-of-print/hard-to-find stories bound together. " The Rabbits" is a cautionary tale of how destruction to the earth and to other beings will never end in happiness, while "The Red Tree", searches for something to hope for. As well as being a curious tale, "The Lost Thing" is also an Academy Award winning short film. Rather than babble endlessly about how much I admire this one, take a look at the trailer:

Not just for children, Lost and Found, is for anyone who can appreciate the beauty in everyday life.