And this new Brooklyn shop noted   Leave a comment

Was once again reading up today on the Bushwick neighborhood

(Bushwick proper, as opposed to E. Williamsburg where I found

myself last weekend) in Brooklyn today via the web site Bushwick Daily which is

a fairly comprehensive guide to the area, and read this

article on another new bookstore Molasses Books which

just opened in late July.  Was also researching some of the

vittles in the area and they need some investigating as well!

Looks like some great cafes and Mexican restaurants

there, among other things.  Anyway, the new bookstore’s

basic info. is as follows: Molasses Books (770 Hart St) is

open daily from 8am to 8pm (except Mondays when they close at noon).

Looks like a small, humble and unassuming shop to

begin with, but it clearly has great potential.  This is another

shop I’m definitely hoping to check into soon.  Let’s

hope Matthew’s shop thrives and grows.  I’m looking

forward to a Bushwick that’s full of cool interesting

stuff like this with less of the effete “attitude” that plagues

Williamsburg and Greenpoint, at least, sometimes.

The article on the shop is here:

http://bushwickdaily.com/bushwick-finally-gets-a-bookstore/

Seems like we’ve actually got some growth in the bookstore

world/market to report, at least in Brooklyn NYC, meanwhile

out here on L.I. the bookstores have mostly all but

disappeared, if anything.   I also thought it was a refreshing

thing to see an actual RPG gaming shop (Twenty Sided Store)

thriving in NYC (or anywhere) in Williamsburg, since

I think this seems to prove that that hobby is still somehow

growing, even with competition from computer gaming

and Web gaming and all that nonsense.  I couldn’t believe

that traditional RPG and “paper and pencil” and board

games are still going strong, but they are still selling

and being played as much as ever, at least if that

particular shop is any indication.  Similarly I feel

the growing market and demand for vinyl records

and turntables and retro. analog equipment etc.

is also a good thing, since it proves that even

if such items become a specialty at least there

will still be a supply and demand for such things

in the future and digital won’t completely

overrun the analog world!  And that goes for

books, music, games, or what have you. Or so

I fervently hope.

There’s also this new shop I just read about

as I was finishing this post today, it recently

opened up near  DUMBO/Vinegar Hill that

looks very promising indeed, focusing apparently

on our field of SF/Fantasy books and also publishing obscure and

neglected SF titles:–this new latest Brooklyn N.Y. shop is called

Singularity and Co. Hell, I used to live right

in this neighborhood once upon a time, and this

shop definitely sounds like I need to go check it out ASAP,

given its primary focus:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/53553-a-sci-fi-bookstore-publisher-grows-in-brooklyn.html

 

Meanwhile, as for my other digital or analog hobbies,

I upgraded my audio “rig” myself

this past week, adding a Fiio headphone amplifier

the E11-Kilimanjaro to my iPod Classic and Klipsch

ImageOne headphones, figuring if most of my listening is

going “digital” these days, I might as well

get the best sound out of my rig as possible,

and so far the Fiio amp is making a world of

difference in the sound and boost on the iPod

and only makes those Klipsch ‘phones sound

that much greater, and they already sound

really great on their own.   The Fiio E11 is also

small and portable and plus it has a replaceable

recharge battery unlike a lot of those devices,

so it’s not a throwaway item and it’s all USB

powered which is also really awesome.

I’m likin’ it! a lot!     I’m also glad it didn’t

cost $500 unlike some of those amps.

Rare books and audio are two areas where

I get pretty exacting in terms of quality

and being discriminating, although I’m not sure

I would describe myself as a total audiophile,

since for that it takes a fortune to spend anyway.

Audio is also pretty subjective: one person can

prefer Beats, Bowers & Wilkins, or Klipsch

or Shure headphones but it depends on what

sounds best to YOU not the cost of the cans.

Same with most audio equipment.   But I maintain

if you compare any of the above to the cheapest

pair of earbuds at Best Buy you WILL detect

a vast difference, depending on what you’re

playing them through.   And that’s enough of

that for this week!

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Posted September 3, 2012 by deathofthebookstoreandweirdfictionetc in Uncategorized

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