Sunday, December 21, 2008
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime Novel?
Over at The Stranger, under-$5 Gift Books for the New Depression include Jack Chick pamphlets, cheapo little cookbooks from the supermarket checkout line, Archie comics, and -- of course -- old paperbacks:
They literally don't make them like this anymore. There's real joy to be found in these sprawling novels of the 1970s; other long-out-of-print paperbacks like The Boys from the Mail Room, The Man Who Killed Mick Jagger, and Little America are sitting, battered, on used-bookstore discount shelves for a dollar or two, just waiting to be snapped up and given to an ardent lover of fiction.