WHAT I PURCHASED TONIGHT AT MINDWEBS
Mindwebs is a pop-up "vintage book and magazine" shop inside Meltdown comics, run by my old high school pal Bret Berg (formerly of the Cinefamily). They're ending their three-month run with a 50% off sale that ends on Sunday. I suggest checking it out.
- •L.A. Shortcuts: The Guidebook For Drivers Who Hate To Wait by Brian Roberts and Richard Schwadel, 1989That's right, I do not drive. But I am a masterful navigator with an excellent sense of direction. And I am excited to learn pre-Waze shortcuts such as Gil Turner's Turnaround, The Old Filmex Special, and Richard's Back Door Blast to Westwood. Sadly, many of the landmarks on the illustrated map are long gone: Hamburger Hamlet, Tower Records, Kelbo's...
- •Film Comment, May-June 1977 issueAnnie Hall on the cover. Inside: Andrew Sarris on Gangster films, Carlos Clarens on G-Man films, Robin Wood on Godard, even Amos Vogel up in there. This magazine use to be significantly more academic than it is now.
- •Joys of Oral Love, by Susan and Donald Grant, 1975From the back cover: "Fully illustrated! A tasteful, elegant and complete look at the variety of human sexuality. A hymn of praise to the many joyous possibilities of human sexual communication." But boy, those illustrations are AWESOME.
- •Sight and Sound, Summer 1973 issueFosse on the cover. Inside: articles on O Lucky Man!, Hitchcock's Frenzy, Marlowe on the screen, James Whale. Reviews of The Heartbreak Kid, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex..., THX 1138. And immediately upon opening it, I found myself looking at an advert/application for the London Film School which would have run around the time my father was studying there.
- •Spectacular Optical, Book One: Kid Power, edited by Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe, 2014A new book series from the Canadian film and pop culture small press of the same name. The first issue focuses on kid-centric cult classics. In it, Bret interviewed the guy who made The Peanut Butter Solution.
- •Films and Filming, May 1976 issueSutherland just owning the cover in Fellini Casanova. Inside: amazing photospreads, listings of upcoming London film openings (The Missouri Breaks is coming to the Odeon Leicester Square in July), a review of The Man Who Fell To Earth, and film-centric classified ads like this one from a guy named Daniel in Boone, North Carolina who really wants to get his hands on Julie Christie stills or magazine pictures.