Tag Archives: Books

A Well-Used Used Bookstore Gets a Second Chapter

With a family full of librarians, archivists, and history buffs, it comes as no surprise we’re all fans of used book stores.

Close to home, the long-standing Idle Times Books in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC is set to change owners (and also change names) as Paul Schwarztman explains in this piece from the Washington Post.

Daniel Boorstin and The Image

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being a “talking head” on television talking about Hollywood, celebrity culture, and the 2016 Presidential Race.

One of the things I referenced was Daniel Boortsin’s 1962 book The Image, which when I first read it 20-some years ago, seemed very prescient. Nowadays, it seems only more so.

What I was referring to on the program was Boorstin’s observation of the new class of celebrity who was “a person who is known for his well-knownness.” Now, with the technological tools of the 21st century, people can cultivate their “well-knownness” even better. In fact, aren’t we all encouraged to build our personal “brand?”

It doesn’t escape me that this website serves some of that purpose, to say nothing of being a talking head.

In any case, you needn’t order the book anew. I know Vintage books came out with an edition in 2012, so that edition or others may be found in your local public library.

Then you can right a blog post about it — and you too can revel in being meta.