Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Boston Book Depot

Books, books, everywhere!  I spotted this little box...actually, this BIG box in the corner of a parking lot in Quincy, Massachusetts, just south of Boston, at the local YMCA.  I wonder what sort of donations they get?  According to their website (, there are some 491 of these containers out there as of August 2012, and the charity distribution is over $1.3 million.  Who said that "books" weren't "big business" any more?

A Korean Book Shop and a Jesus Vase

I came across this for the second time now, after wandering the streets of Manhattan--just on 32nd Street off of Broadway.  I had a little treat at a local Korean eatery, nearby.  But I thought I'd share the curiosities of this shop as I saw through the window: not just books, but a "Jesus Vase."  Now THAT'S some bookstore!  Unfortunately, I don't know what the vase actually says, but the visage in unmistakable (like anyone really knows what he looked like!)  Perhaps, though, it is the raised "hand of peace?"  In any case, the Koryo Book shop might come under the category of "book/gift shop," since it carries not just your usual reading fare, but the physical curiosities and trinkets that might be consumed by folks with deep pockets or interested souls.  I'll stick to the fried fish for now.  Others can have their IXTHEIS.