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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bookselling is Sexy

posted by on May 22 at 14:00 PM

One of the more interesting bits of working in a used bookstore is the opportunity to make house calls to look at people’s entire collections. Generally, someone has died or there’s been a divorce or a major move, and people want to unload thousands of books at one time. It’s a great way for a bookstore to start a collection, or to drastically change the flavor of their bookstores.

Bookride, an antiquarian book blog, is currently running a series of posts with some of the weirder book buying house calls:

A pal of mine, now ennobled, was called to a house full of books in North London. When he arrived he realised there was a noisy afternoon party going on that had developed into an orgy and he swears he had to tread on the odd buttock as he made his way to the desirable book collection.

More, including chickens, over there.

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Paul, where's your lunch date? It's been weeks. Don't make a good book cry.

-Stood up

Posted by missing you | May 22, 2008 3:16 PM

sigh...i wish someone would invite ME to a book orgy.

Posted by michael strangeways | May 22, 2008 3:18 PM

That makes bookselling almost as sexy as being a cougar-hunting pizza delivery guy.

Posted by jackie treehorn | May 22, 2008 3:31 PM

Hey @1: did this one not count because it was a funny book? It was an effin' great funny book:

Posted by Paul Constant | May 22, 2008 4:12 PM

Sounds like it's saying bookselling ISN'T sexy -- that guy can't even get laid at an orgy!

Posted by Fnarf | May 22, 2008 5:23 PM

Maybe "tread" means something different to him?

Ah-ha! According to, "tread" can also mean: "(of a male bird) to copulate."

Posted by Irena | May 22, 2008 6:58 PM

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