Flea Market Stories: Gary the Bookseller
Gary has been selling used books at Vikon Flea Market for nearly 25 years. My discovery of his shop is what drew me to the place nearly seven years ago. Bibliophiles could spend hours perusing the books lining the dusty bookshelves of his store, which boasts an eclectic and impressive collection of rare and hard-to-find […]
Another stack of Koogmo #3 has been dispersed around downtown Dallas
Confused tourists will now have something to read while wandering lost through that weekend ghost town. Again as before the only life that can be found are the shuffling bums outside the Greyhound bus station and the weary travelers who are trying their best not to make eye contact or strike up any conversation. The […]
508 Park Avenue
Lately, one of my favorite pasttimes has been listening to “Texas Blues Radio” on KNON 89.3FM while I’m driving to take the dogs for their daily walk. Sometimes I’ll hear interesting and amusingly unpolished segments on Texas history, where I learn about guys like Sam Houston and Davy Crockett. Yesterday I learned about Robert Johnson. […]
My favorite El Salvadoran dive with the lopsided pool tables and homely Mexican women is under new management.
The rainbow flags and banners hanging all over the place should have tipped me off. I was disappointed to find all the pool tables stacked haphazardly on one side of the room. There are a number of young Latinos sitting in lounge chairs, each keeping to himself, drink in hand, seemingly sedated, watching me. There’s […]
typewriter review: Smith-Corona Galaxie II
My latest thrift store find: Smith-Corona Galaxie II. Picked it up at a thrift store today for about $14 and change. It’s in excellent condition. The previous owner must have been a collector. He/she took very good care of the thing.