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Old June 24th 09, 03:11 AM posted to rec.collecting.books
Francis A. Miniter[_2_]
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Saturday I found for $0.50 a fine copy of the 1967 softcover
of McLuhan's book. Not worth anything like the hardcover
firsts, but still scarce.

--
Francis A. Miniter

Oscuramente
libros, laminas, llaves
siguen mi suerte.

Jorge Luis Borges, La Cifra Haiku, 6
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Old June 24th 09, 12:51 PM posted to rec.collecting.books
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"Francis A. Miniter" wrote in message
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Saturday I found for $0.50 a fine copy of the 1967 softcover of McLuhan's
book. Not worth anything like the hardcover firsts, but still scarce.


You could have got a roll of Charmin for that price.

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Old June 26th 09, 01:35 AM posted to rec.collecting.books
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foad wrote:

"Francis A. Miniter" wrote in message
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Saturday I found for $0.50 a fine copy of the 1967 softcover of
McLuhan's book. Not worth anything like the hardcover firsts, but
still scarce.


You could have got a roll of Charmin for that price.


I would have to sell a lot of Charmin for what this could
get retail.

McLuhan's message of "hot" media is actually more accurate
now even than then. One political commentator referred to
the use of Twitter in Iran as a "revolution in 140
characters or less".

--
Francis A. Miniter


P.S. Yesterday I did even better at a local thrift shop.
For the same price I acquired a first printing paperback -
the true first - of *The Sweet Flypaper of Life* (1955) by
Langston Hughes (text) and Roy DeCarava (photos), a novella
illustrated with photos every page. An early graphic novel.
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Old June 26th 09, 02:42 AM posted to rec.collecting.books
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"Francis A. Miniter" wrote in message
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foad wrote:

"Francis A. Miniter" wrote in message
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Saturday I found for $0.50 a fine copy of the 1967 softcover of
McLuhan's book. Not worth anything like the hardcover firsts, but still
scarce.


You could have got a roll of Charmin for that price.


I would have to sell a lot of Charmin for what this could get retail.


I wasn't referring to the mercantile. I was suggesting that you'd be better
off wiping your ass with it than reading it.


McLuhan's message of "hot" media is actually more accurate now even than
then. One political commentator referred to the use of Twitter in Iran as
a "revolution in 140 characters or less".


Quite. It's hard to believe Robespierre managed it all without an Ipod.



P.S. Yesterday I did even better at a local thrift shop. For the same
price I acquired a first printing paperback - the true first - of *The
Sweet Flypaper of Life* (1955) by Langston Hughes (text) and Roy DeCarava
(photos), a novella illustrated with photos every page. An early graphic
novel.


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Old June 26th 09, 05:47 PM posted to rec.collecting.books
Francis A. Miniter[_2_]
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foad wrote:

"Francis A. Miniter" wrote in message
...
foad wrote:

"Francis A. Miniter" wrote in message
...

Saturday I found for $0.50 a fine copy of the 1967 softcover of
McLuhan's book. Not worth anything like the hardcover firsts, but
still scarce.

You could have got a roll of Charmin for that price.


I would have to sell a lot of Charmin for what this could get retail.


I wasn't referring to the mercantile. I was suggesting that you'd be
better off wiping your ass with it than reading it.



I must admit that back in the 60s, a two minute summary of
the book was all one needed.

--
Francis A. Miniter

Oscuramente
libros, laminas, llaves
siguen mi suerte.

Jorge Luis Borges, La Cifra Haiku, 6
 




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