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December 15, 2012

I love used bookstores! After moving to Alhambra a couple months ago I finally got the chance to find a nice used bookstore in the area. I loved the home-y feeling and the great collection. The best part about walking into a used bookstore is the hidden gems: I came in wanting to look for a copy of Stephen King’s Carrie but came out with a couple other mysteries. Definitely going to make this a regular spot for me. Oh and the staff is really helpful and nice too!

Alex Y.’s December 15 review of The Battery on Yelp!

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December 15, 2012

The Battery (28 September 2012)

littleparachutes:

Piles of paper leaves

bound together by glue

of by thread, or by both.

Having nothing in common 

but that and words.

Filled with words even if 

they’re only filled with 

pictures they’re filled with words.

The air is heavy with words.

Heavy with the music of the 

clerk’s choice, whoever 

is working that day or hour.

Narrow aisles with more words 

jumping out at you and a 

corner of toys for the children.

Words that have yet to be 

discovered.

I will come back again and

again and again.

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December 15, 2012

littleparachutes:

Recent purchase at The Battery in South Pasadena

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Recent purchase at The Battery in South Pasadena

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Recent purchase at The Battery in South Pasadena

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December 15, 2012

At The Battery

littleparachutes:

You make the letters
In my head drip off the ends
Of my finger tips and
Rest on the crook of your neck
When you read out loud a
Choice sentence or title
And my toes form single file
When you stick your hand out
Behind you and wiggle your fingers
Playing the melody that
Captures me whole.

Now this is a lyric gem that makes me get all soft and squishy inside! ;3

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December 14, 2012

Have you looked over some of the lovely vintage covers of some of our recent arrivals? No, you say? You cad! Atone for your sins now by following this link!

A selection of some of the most attractive covers from our recent arrivals. More on the way!

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December 10, 2012

Need a Christmas gift for that musically-inclined hobbit friend or co-worker?

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December 3, 2012

Check out this sampling of some of our newest arrivals!

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May 28, 2012

Artur Rodzinski is practically forgotten today. Which is a tragedy as he was one of the very greatest conductors of the 20th century. Marrying frenzied passion with exacting precision, he wrought performances and recordings that gained the admiration of musicians and listening audiences alike.
Among his greatest achievements were his commitment to modern music (most notably introducing American audiences to Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District, a premiere which was attended by a veritable who’s who of the American musical scene, and prompted an outraged New York Times to dub the opera “pornophony”), raising the standard of the Cleveland Orchestra to a virtuosic world-class level, and leaving behind a treasury of recordings that still stand among the very best ever made.
But more importantly, Rodzinski had a bit of a temper problem that caused friction with the orchestras that he worked with. Arriving at a rehearsal, the first thing Rodzinski would do is nonchalantly open up his coat, reach into his breast pocket, then pull out his always loaded revolver, which he would then set calmly on his music stand.
Bad-ass.

Artur Rodzinski is practically forgotten today. Which is a tragedy as he was one of the very greatest conductors of the 20th century. Marrying frenzied passion with exacting precision, he wrought performances and recordings that gained the admiration of musicians and listening audiences alike.

Among his greatest achievements were his commitment to modern music (most notably introducing American audiences to Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District, a premiere which was attended by a veritable who’s who of the American musical scene, and prompted an outraged New York Times to dub the opera “pornophony”), raising the standard of the Cleveland Orchestra to a virtuosic world-class level, and leaving behind a treasury of recordings that still stand among the very best ever made.

But more importantly, Rodzinski had a bit of a temper problem that caused friction with the orchestras that he worked with. Arriving at a rehearsal, the first thing Rodzinski would do is nonchalantly open up his coat, reach into his breast pocket, then pull out his always loaded revolver, which he would then set calmly on his music stand.

Bad-ass.

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May 28, 2012

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May 28, 2012

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