Christopher P. Stephens, Bookman
Chris Stephens has been a book dealer since 1965 - earlier if you count childhood buying and selling.
Stephens has sold major collections to university libraries all over the world. He has operated appealing bookstores in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Hastings on Hudson, NY and several in NYC, NY. He is a wholesale dealer to other bookstores all over the world.
Chris loves books.
Stephens now maintains a lively internet operation out of his new home in Scranton, PA.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
May 18, 1986
I wasn't at this reading. My youngest daughter had just been born. I'm sorry I missed it though.
All these years later, my daughter is 23 now and I've just begun to read Rosenzweig's poetry. I love it.
People who know more about this kind of thing will have smarter things to say about poetry, but this is what I think.
Prose is designed for broadcast. People with a wide range of experience and thinking patterns can connect with something written in prose. Poetry is tighter, like a laser, or more romantically, like an arrow. The poems responder-audience is far narrower. Sometimes poems that resonate brilliantly with one person entirely miss another.
Between the right kind of person and their right kind of poetry, the poem penetrates deeper. The arrow goes right to the heart.
I'm on target for Rosenzweig's poetry. Right to my heart.
As always, Dan Wilcox's poetry blog is a treat.
more resources for Geri Rosenzweig:
G. R.'s introduction, The Music of What Happens, to her book Under the Jasmine Moon
The Cortland Review
The Youngest Daughter published in Barnwood
Barnwood Rosenzweig bio
from the Annals of Modern Medicine
Monday, June 22, 2009
photo by Christopher P. Stephens May 1983
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Irene is working at riverrun for the summer. She's a fast learner and a hard worker. She talks to customers, processes orders, files books, and packs books. We're glad to have her.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Gordon Parks did so many different things. So well. What made him strike out artistically in all those directions?
Monday, June 15, 2009
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Sunday, June 7, 2009
Frank Scioscia was a sales representative for Harper & Brothers from summer 1956 to spring 1966. His territory was Southern California and Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. He liked the travel. His accounts were stores that carried new books, but he always stopped in at the used bookstores wherever he went.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
But Andy Brown knew modern literature. He had a good eye and the replacements he bought made a fascinating array of new books. Besides, the original manuscripts were still there. They had not been part of the sale to New Mexico. They lent prestige. And there were surplus copies of books that Gotham had published salted in amongst the new titles.
We were in the city for the rest of that decade. Christopher Stephens stopped into the Gotham frequently. He was pleased to see its continued success.
There were rumors of money troubles, but who in the book business doesn’t routinely buy books beyond cash flow? There were hints of discord over the ownership of the building and other disagreements. We heard about it when Frances Steloff died and when Gotham changed locations and when financial difficulties got bad enough to threaten the store.