This past January, my lovely wife and I piled into the car and drove two hours up to Pasadena, California to explore Los Angeles, Hollywood, the Whitney Museum, and watch -- in person -- the beautiful floats in the Rose Bowl Parade. But my favorite part of the trip was the Book Alley Bookstore. Located off Colorado Blvd, a mere three miles from our hotel, it boasts a stock of over 50,000 titles. I managed to convince my wife that I should have a few hours over a few evenings to browse the store.
When you enter the store and navigate around a few stacks of books on the floor, you realize your stay might be a while. I went in looking for W.H. Auden's The Dyers Hand, a book of essays, reviews, and collections of aphorisms and notes written by Auden from the early 1950s through 1962. I had finished his book of essays, Forwards and Afterwords, enjoyed it, and wanted to read more. Alas, they didn't have it in stock.
There's more...but you'll have to read it yourself.
Lincoln replied in a short letter dated Oct. 19, 1860, that "as to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affection if I were to begin it now." But only two months later, on his way to the White House, Lincoln had a full beard. And to think, when we hear the name Abraham Lincoln, a sharp relief of honest Abe comes to mind, a black and white image of a man staggered by time, but with a full beard on his face. All because of little Grace Bedell.