Re: RARA-AVIS: Wrapping up UK month

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 30 Jul 2002

1. I don't know why everyone is complaining about book access these days. I've never had more. "Independent" bookstores I've been in carry little of interest; the only mystery bookstore I've ever encountered featured a roving, uncouth bulldog, and I never went back. Yet I can sit here at the keyboard and summon up fascinating piles of book, even ones from far-off UK. 2. And right on, Mr.T, re the tax codes. I'll have to try harranguing my reps in DC on that matter. (The last time I tried to contact my Congressman, I learned to my horror that he had no e-mail address.) But, pray tell, what leads you to believe Bush wants to do something for US culture?


> Are you related to Reverend Cherrycoke? Even if you are,
> thanks for hosting the UK hardboiled discussion. As others
> have said, many UK authors are barely known in the US, and
> with our wonderful global model, we can't find their books
> in bookstores (which used to be the usual place, but no
> longer).
> If Bush wants to do something for US culture, he should
> push to abolish the ridiculous taxation of book inventory.
> A book that stays in print for 20 years and sells 1,000
> copies a year makes money. It's not quick money but it's
> money. I say this because we seem to be going back to
> reality on so many fronts...

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