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December 19, 2004

The Globe

We're on a first name basis with the girls who work at "The Globe".

It's an English bookstore about the size of a normal bathroom, but chock full of books. It's weird what ends up there--Tolkien and Harry Potter definitely, a smattering of DK and travel books, Penguin classics and then a weird assortment of red-lined overstocks. . .

Not having an English langauge library and a more narrow selection of books available has done some interesting things to my reading habits. I've discovered and revisited some classics and I read a bit of modern Brit Lit.

But I've surprisingly discovered that I quite enjoy current post-modern Japanese literature.


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When I lived in Kiev, There was a US Embassy-sponsored Library on Melnikova(IIRC). A quick google search turned up this. There were no English books for sale anywhere at that time ('96-'97)

Posted by: Michael at December 20, 2004 05:57 AM

Yeah, I love that place! A better English-language selection than all the bookstores in Warsaw combined.

And run by my buddy Nick Morris, better known as the bassist for Speeding Lisa. Which led to the following conversation about a year ago:

"You know, I found a great new bookstore, the one over there in the underground mall. Spent way more than I planned to, they had some excellent stuff!"

"Hey, that's my bookstore...wait a minute, you didn't talk to the salesgirl, did you?"



"Um, no, not really, what's the problem?"

"We've lost one a month since we've been open - expat guys go in there, meet good-looking English-speaking girls and spirit them away. Feels like I'm running a marriage agency."

So, does he have them wearing burqas yet?

Posted by: The Liberal Media at December 20, 2004 07:34 PM

*LOL* So that's what happened to Galina!

Btw, great to see you, Lib. I was so bummed out that we missed you when you were here earlier this month. (Also missed the last Speeding Lisa concert. Btw, did you ever mention the Pumpkins song I think they'd do great?)

When will you be in town next?

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 20, 2004 10:52 PM

Have you checked out the English languge book and video swap at the Stone Baboon? They've got a decent selection of stuff there, mostly used...but some new stuff too. I've been there on Sundays and they've seemed to be pretty kid friendly too.

Posted by: Connard at December 21, 2004 06:07 PM

Hi, Connard!

Yeah, our standard "date night" includes taking a haul of books and videos into the Stoned Baboon. (Gotta love the name. . .) In fact, we were just there on Monday, and the girl there was very generous with the exchange points. The selection was mediocre, but we got quite a few kids' books. (Great, since J8 is insatiable these days. . .)

And, we've gone ahead and placed a big Amazon order. We've only used Amazon once here (and that was for just one dvd.) But there's a list of things we really want right now, that we're going to risk it.

Thanks to generous parental Christmas money! *grin*

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 22, 2004 12:19 PM

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