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By David Mason

ISBN-10: 1927428165

ISBN-13: 9781927428160

From his drug-hazy, book-happy years close to the Beat inn in Paris and all through his profession as antiquarian ebook broker, David Mason brings us a storied existence. He discovers his love of literature in a bath at age 11, thumbing via stacks of lurid Signet paperbacks. At fifteen he’s expelled from institution. For the subsequent decade and a part, he'll paintings abnormal jobs, greenback all authority, purchase books extra usually than foodstuff, and waft round Europe. He’ll aid gild a quantity in white morocco for Pope John XXIII. after which, on the age of 30, after returning domestic to Canada and apprenticing with Joseph Patrick Books, David Mason will locate his calling.

Over the process what's now a mythical foreign profession, Mason indicates unerring instincts for the common sense of the alternate. He makes reliable cash from Canadian variations, either valid and pirated (turns out Canadian piracies so incensed Mark Twain that he moved to Montreal for 6 months to realize copyright protection). He outfoxes the cousins of L.M. Montgomery at public sale and blackmails the top of the Royal Ontario Museum. He excoriates the bureaucratic pettiness that obstructs public acquisitions, he trumpets the ingenuity of creditors and scouts, and in information world wide he appraises heritage in its unsifted and such a lot relocating types. chiefly, in spite of the fact that, David Mason boldly campaigns for what he feels is the ethical accountability of the antiquarian alternate: to maintain the heritage and traditions of all international locations, and to say with no compromise that such histories have price.

Sly, gleaming, and endearingly gruff, The Pope's Bookbinder is an engrossing memoir by way of an enormous within the booklet exchange —whose infectious enthusiasm, human perception, advertisement shrewdness, and deadpan humour will satisfaction bibliophiles for many years to come back.

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He shook her hand and sauntered out the door of the restaurant. ” Hollywood is full of such organisms! Probably an entire book could be written about this subject. A more digestible way of describing a parasite in human form is to detail the actions of these people. In 1954 I arrived in Hollywood bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to start my film-acting career. I came with a friend from college who had the same ambitions. I had one connection with someone that might be of help in establishing me, an actor who had worked with both my brothers at the Jewish People’s Institute in Chicago.

Robert Christopher and I were talking about our exploits in show business. Robert, who just turned ninety and looks years younger, has acted in scores of films and was telling me about his role in The Barefoot Contessa, which he did many years ago. He also talked about Rome and acting in Europe, where he spent some time working in films. He always sits at the same table and is irritated if, when he arrives, other people are there. ” It consists of aging Italian actors who have worked in films over the years.

That, in a sense, told the whole story of his life. On the other side of the pool lived a guy around twenty-eight or thirty years old, who was married to an attractive want-to-be model or actress. Every time she left the apartment to go somewhere, he would come out, look at her departing and check to see if there was anyone sitting around the pool who could witness his good fortune to be with such a beautiful woman. Next to my apartment, in 112, was an older woman in her late fifties or early sixties, by the name of Hennie Mohr.

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