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Shop front

Blank Books is a second hand bookshop that’s open on Saturdays from 9h00 until 15h00. No, the pages of the books aren’t blank – the owner’s surname is, however, Blank. He is also a friend of mine. He won’t mind if, when you visit his establishment, you throw around some puns about his surname, like, “Did you draw a blank when trying to think of a name for the shop?” No, he will most likely join in and up the punning ante.

I finally went and spent my birthday book voucher at Blank Books this Saturday. I was told that it was the first book voucher that Blank Books issued. It was issued before the shop was opened and it was issued before the web site was completed. I was told that this was because my boyfriend had worked on the web site. I was surprised and said, “I thought it was because I was your friend.” The proprietor responded, “Yes, that too.”

Blank Books shares the space with a gallery-cum-photographic studio and you’re allowed to take food, drinks and dogs inside.

I will be preserving my birthday book voucher for when Blank Books is the only bookshop around. I told this to the proprietor and he said, “… the biggest bookshop around.” I insisted, however, “The only bookshop around.” When it is the only bookshop around, I will be able to sell the first Blank Books book voucher on the equivalent of whatever ebay becomes for googles of the strongest currency around.

Inside the shop

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I’ve been working pretty solidly and hard lately. Some of you may find it strange that a lot of this work has been without pay. Some of you may understand that one has to put in a lot of time and effort to (hopefully) create work. All this work that will only pay off in the long run has made me crave work that pays off immediately. Therefore this blog – which admittedly does not pay off financially, but it does in terms of instant gratification.

I was reading Nick Hornby’s ‘Stuff I’ve been Reading’ the other day and thought, hey, let me make a list of stuff I’ve been reading, too.

BOOKS READ IN 2010
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
The Equality Illusion by Kat Banyard

BOOKS BEING READ
Breaking the Spell by Daniel C. Dennett
Conversations on Religion edited by Mick Gordon and Chris Wilkinson
Jesus Christ by Terry Eagleton
Politics and Popular Culture by John Street
Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
Saviours and Survivors by Mahmood Mamdani
Seeing by Jose Saramago
Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred by Mark Gevisser
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (although struggling to get into this one)

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