For #BookStoreDay, Five Haikus About Great Philly Bookstores

Just a fraction of the stacks that await you at Port Richmond Books.

Just a fraction of the stacks that await you at Port Richmond Books.

Brickbat Books

Curated so well
Like a cool Faberge egg
Everything is good.

Giovanni’s Room/Thrift For AIDS

Rescued from the doom
It’s historic and alive
Mad bargains in here

The Last Word Bookstore

Mighty mighty stacks
A sweet refuge from
Penn undergrad twats

Port Richmond Books

Moby Dick of books!
Ancient treasure of lost words
Please don’t ever change

Joseph Fox Bookshop

Clean and bright and new
Staffed by MFA students
Pleasingly bougie.

As we noted last week, April 30th is Independent Bookstore Day. And while official participation in Philadelphia proper is, to put it charitably, low, we still wish support our local indie bookstores. For they are our lifeblood, our inspiration zones, our constant friends. As you move about the town tomorrow, do drop by one of the above (click on their names for more info) and treat yourself to something good and rich and true: A new (or new to you) book!

And Now, Walt Whitman's Advice For People Who Sit At Desks All Day

To you, clerk, literary man, sedentary person, man of fortune, idler, the same advice. Up! The world (perhaps you now look upon it with pallid and disgusted eyes) is full of zest and beauty for you, if you approach it in the right spirit! Out in the morning! If in the city, even there you will find ample sources of amusement and interest in its myriad varieties of character and occupation—in the scenes of its awakening and adjusting itself to its daily labors—in the crowds around its ferries, and all through its main thoroughfares, and at its great depots and markets. Do not be discouraged soon. Give our advice a thorough trial—not for a few days or weeks, but for months. Early rising, early to bed, exercise, plain food, thorough and persever- ing continuance in gently-commenced training, the cultivation with resolute will of a cheerful temper, the society of friends and a certain number of hours spent every day in regular employment— these, we say, simple as they are, are enough to revolutionize life, and change it from a scene of gloom, feebleness, and irresolution, into life indeed, as becomes such a universe as this, full of all the essential means of happiness, full of well-intentioned and affectionate men and women, with the beneficent processes of nature always at work, the sun shining, the flowers blooming, the crops growing, the waters running, with all else that is wanted, only that man should be rightly toned to partake of the universal strength and joy. This he must do through reason, knowledge and exercise—in short, through training; for that is the sum of all.

Bryn Mawr Native Alex Ross Perry Directs Elizabeth Moss’ Nervous Breakdown, And Winnie The Pooh, Too!

If you are unfamiliar with the Bryn Mawr-born-and-raised director Alex Ross Perry, don’t be too, too hard on yourself. Prior to now, he was best known for the mumblecore black comedy The Color Wheel, and Listen Up, Philip, a literary comedy starring Jason Schwartzman. But that’s set to change: Ross Perry’s film fest favorite Queen of Earth, a dark suspense number with Elizabeth Moss (who also co-starred in Listen Up, Philip) and Katherine Waterston (from Inherent Vice), has just been uploaded to Netflix. (You read that right: A movie that you may want to see has been uploaded to Netflix!) Meanwhile, Perry has (oddly) been brought on to pen a screenplay for Disney’s upcoming live-action Winnie The Pooh project, and Perry has also optioned the rights for Don DeLillo’s The Names. If all of this shakes out like it probably will, Perry could make more, better movies in 24 months than fellow Main Liner M. Night Shyamalan has made in 24 years. Awkward.