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Dec.19.2009
Bill Clinton's book signing at Cody's on June 29, 2004  was the biggest event that we ever had, both in attendance and in the number of books sold. Cody's had been doing events for a long time. I bought the store in 1977. Even then, events were a fixture at  Cody's.  During the time I owned the...
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Nov.23.2009
Last week I wrote about my experience at Cody's during the Rushdie Affair in 1989.  It didn't really end the day the bomb went off. The melodrama continued for months, both in my life and in the  book world. After the bomb squad detonated the bomb in the store, I hung around for the rest of the day...
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Nov.18.2009
On February 28, 1989, Cody's was bombed. I remember being awakened by the police who informed me that a fire bomb had been thrown through the window of Cody's. The fire department had broken into the store putting out the fire. The firemen's efforts at containment did considerably more damage than...
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Sep.27.2009
I suppose it is time to say something about Cody's. I haven't said very much about it, except to my wife, Leslie. And it seems to make her uneasy when I do.   Cody's closed its doors on June 20, 2008. I wasn't there that day. I hadn't been working there since December of the previous year. I had...
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Sep.09.2009
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?  -T.S. Eliot  -   The Rock Did you ever get the  feeling  that Wikipedia was  a metaphor about everything that is wrong with the world? Or maybe just the virtual world?  You have to admit, at least,...
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Sep.02.2009
Well, it looks like I have joined the other 60,000,000 people and have created a blog. As many of you know, I was the owner of Cody's Bookstore for 30 years. I finally threw in the towel on retail in 2007 and started a literary agency in February, 2008. Take a look at my website at www....
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Oct.02.2008
Nothing quite says the death of capitalism like the arrival of the Spirit Halloween Superstores. Every Fall, when things are dying, the seasonal retailer possesses the space of recently the recently deceased, giving them a temporary yet tortured afterlife. Not really alive but not quite dead, the...
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Jul.10.2008
The video of my reading in front of the closed down Cody's has just been posted on Fora.TV. Click here to check it out.
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Jul.01.2008
IT WAS A JUXTAPOSITION OF CONTRADICTORY IMAGES. A colorful banner declaring that Cody's Books was "Now Open" hung above the store's awning while a photocopied note on an 8.5x11" piece of paper informing us that the store had closed for good was affixed to the window below with Scotch...
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Jun.30.2008
I'm still going through with my reading on the sidewalk in front of the recently closed Cody's Books in Berkeley tonight. The original reading was scheduled for tonight at 7pm so that's when I'll be there with a beat up, dogeared, and post-it noted to high hell copy of my book Beer, Blood and...