Author Archives: Jeremy

About Jeremy

I own a bookstore. I run. I fight. I family.

LITERATURE IN TRUMPLANDIA

Apparently, there was a recent national event that has rekindled interest in futuristic literature depicting fascist states. Don’t ask me what happened; due to a recent inclination for slamming my noggin continuously upside a concrete wall so as to forget … Continue reading

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People Who Died

“Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.” ~Groucho Marx Time’s a helluva thing. I labor to mitigate its impact during my daily runs by utilizing the artful restructuring of measurement. An 8-miler is really just a 1-miler … Continue reading

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“If I Had a Hammer”

A READ Books Eagle Rock Flashback I am Wrecking Ball January of 2007; my friend Ray & I enter a vacant storefront with grim countenances forged upon our mugs & heavy sledge hammers abiding upon our shoulders. We are here … Continue reading

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CRIMES OF MALAPPROPRIATISM

If one’s sole exposure to words was through literature, one might perceive the English language to be a relatively coherent thing. But if one were obliged to interact with for-real humans, say in a bookstore, maybe because one’s ability to … Continue reading

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The Greatest Taco in the World

The Greatest Taco in the World by Florence the READ Books Dog (as told to her biped, Jeremy Kaplan) Summer 2016 What is This Thing Called Hooky? On an average morning my big, goofy biped chooses to become a giant, … Continue reading

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“The Sanity Clause”

“The Sanity Clause” By Jeremy Kaplan & Flo Dog READ Books of Eagle Rock The Patron I’ll tell you what. When that gangly whippersnapper took to laughing at the political perspective of yours truly, it took all the self-control I … Continue reading

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“Estate Sale II: Where Have All the Dealers Gone?”

A Pound of Flesh… The email for this estate sale, alleged my allegedly industrious wife, alleged that there’d be “tons and tons of the very best books.” Having thus far stood in line on a sidewalk beneath a house on … Continue reading

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Estate Sale by Jeremy Kaplan of READ Books

The Queue                 “HEY JEREMY HOW’S YOUR BOOKSTORE DOING?” belched Shelly, setting off a chain-of-events that would culminate in me buying more books than I’d bargained on and for a lot less than I’d expected. It was a dick move … Continue reading

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“For the Love a Christ!” by Florence the Dog of READ Books

Those readers familiar with my earlier work know that I, Florence, am a dog with a checkered past. Due to systematic iniquities & racism, I had been unjustly imprisoned in the Crenshaw pokey, where the powers that be had blithely … Continue reading

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Happy Chorizo Burrito Day

What are the chances? In 1994 I met my wife in a large bookstore. We now co-own a small bookstore. We married in 1997 at the Long Beach Rod & Gun Club. We now co-own two children, yet neither of … Continue reading

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