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April 15, 2014 | 7:50 pm

The doctor is in, the astrology doctor, that is.

April 12, 2014 | 2:21 pm

Just what the (demented) doctor ordered.

April 11, 2014 | 10:34 am

Special guest appearances today by Mr. Existentialism himself, followed by everybody's favorite hot-dog-chomping, pyloric-valve-erupting, Boethius-quoting, rumpled, quixotic thirtysomething hero.

April 10, 2014 | 4:09 pm

Lovers of modern fiction from abroad, rejoice! Some of the most exciting new translations from the last year from Latin America, Europe, Japan, and China just dropped out of the sky and onto our shelves. Our picks? Ádám Bodor's twisted, nightmarish The Sinistra Zone (what is it with Hungarian writers these days being so good at "twisted" and "nightmarish"?); and John Nathan's superb new translation of Natsume Sōseki's intense, pointillistic psychodrama—incidentally, his last novel, left incomplete at his death—Light and Dark (previously translated as Light and Darkness). But whatever you pick, it's going to be a treasure!

April 4, 2014 | 1:31 pm

William T. Vollmann, Neil Young, Danica McKellar (a.k.a. Winnie Cooper), Joseph Campbell, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, Idi Amin Dada, and William S. Burroughs and the rest of the Friday afternoon new arrivals crew are just kicking it old school style on top of our piano. Instead of letting them loiter all delinquent-like in our store, how about taking one of them home today? Take-out pizza, a couple 40s, some Philip Roth and Hermann Hesse—sounds like the perfect Friday night to me.

March 11, 2014 | 6:10 pm

Lavender Country is playing a show this Sunday, March 16. Information on the group and show in the link below. We have a copy of their 1973 self-titled LP a private press rarity here at the shop! Only 1,000 copies of this were pressed and very few survive now. Musical vibe is early 1970's lonesome Austin-sounding Alt Country-Folk w/ eerie high-pitched vocals courtesy of singer/songwriter Patrick Haggerty. Check it out!

Widely recognized as the first openly gay country music album—and cited as such even by Nashville institutions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and CMT—the landmark self-titled 1973 LP by Lavender Country stands as nothing less than an artifact of courage, a sonic political protest document of en...

March 7, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Expect to be accosted for a little donation tonight for the musician(s). Nothing much and a portion goes towards your purchase of a book/cd/record/certain clothing.

February 23, 2014 | 12:45 am

Okay, everyone, I know it's a bookstore but every year around this time I take all the books off of the shelves and replace them with girl scout cookies. And here they are.

February 21, 2014 | 1:16 pm


Godard has already imposed his way of seeing on us: We look at cities, at billboards and brand names, at a girl?s hair different because of him.

February 17, 2014 | 11:36 am

"Sure, the roots of this are in Kafka. [...] But the excitement of Krasznahorkai’s writing is that he has come up with his own original forms—and one of the most haunting is his first [novel], Satantango. There’s nothing else like it in contemporary literature."

—Adam Thirwell's review in the NYRB

Nothing else needs to be added to that. Truly one of the weirdest, bleakest, darkest, most exhausting works of prose fiction ever written—and it just came into our store this morning.

February 15, 2014 | 11:16 am

Don't mind us. Just puttin' away some awesome new arrivals...

February 13, 2014 | 11:34 am

"The Battery is like a Book Museum. And the price of admission is free! Unless you buy something, because you really like it. And that is reader heaven."

Need we say more? Thanks Gladys L. for your terrific review! And if you've yet to review us on Yelp, well... what's the hold up? It's great reviews from our great customers that help indie stores like us stay in the game. So keep those Yelp reviews comin', guys!


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February 6, 2014 | 3:05 pm

Best cover from today's batch of new arrivals? You bet.

February 6, 2014 | 9:56 am

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February 6, 2014 | 9:48 am

Jack Reacher finally arrived, in a group of three.